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onomastic Line breaks: ono|mas¦tic
Pronunciation: /ɒnəˈmastɪk/

Definition of onomastic in English:


Relating to the study of the history and origin of proper names.
Example sentences
  • But Scalito is a different kind of onomastic blend: an epithet combining elements of two names to suggest a resemblance of one named person to the other.
  • One of the reasons for this lack of interest may be due to the often static and fixed conception of names: many onomastic studies do not allow for name changes.
  • The onomastic problem of personal and place-names (are Manchester, Manila, and Manitoba, etc., to be counted as words simply because they appear in texts?).


Late 16th century (as a noun in the sense 'alphabetical list of proper nouns', later also 'lexicographer'): from Greek onomastikos, from onoma 'name'. The adjective dates from the early 18th century.

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