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From Latin nōmenclātor (slave who told master names of persons master met), from nōmen (name) + calō (call together).


nomenclator (plural nomenclators)

  1. An assistant who specializes in providing timely and spatially relevant reminders of the names of persons and other socially important information.
    • 63 b.c., Marcus Tullius Cicero Pro Lucio Murena: Oratio Ad Iudices, 1956, Page 115
      If he does not know them, it is deception to pretend that he does, while all the time he has never heard of them until instructed by the nomenclator.
    • c. 20, Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Aubrey Stewart (translator), On Benefits: Addressed to Aebutius Liberalis, 1912, page 187
      Pray, do you suppose that those books of names, which your nomenclator can hardly carry or remember, are those of friends ?
    • 1609, Ben Jonson, Epicoene, Act III
      Daw. I have brought some ladies here to see and know you. My Lady Haughty [as he presents them severally, EPI. kisses them.]—this my Lady Centaure — Mistress Dol Mavis — Mistress Trusty, my Lady Haughty's woman. Where's your husband ? let's see him: can he endure no noise? let me come to him.
      Mor. What nomenclator is this !
      True. Sir John Daw, sir, your wife's servant, this.
  2. One who assigns or constructs names for persons or objects or classes thereof, as in a scientific classification system.
    • 1969, Reginald Townsend Townsend, "What's in a Name?", in This, That, and the Other Thing, page 27
      The nomenclator's method is first to look about and see if the place has any natural features to suggest a name—like Rocking Stone Farm or White Birches.
  3. A document containing such name assignments.


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From nōmen (name) + calō (call together).



nōmenclātor m (genitive nōmenclātōris); third declension

  1. a slave who acted as receptionist, keeping track of the names of clients arriving to see his master
  2. a slave who kept track of the names of the other slaves for his master


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative nōmenclātor nōmenclātōrēs
genitive nōmenclātōris nōmenclātōrum
dative nōmenclātōrī nōmenclātōribus
accusative nōmenclātōrem nōmenclātōrēs
ablative nōmenclātōre nōmenclātōribus
vocative nōmenclātor nōmenclātōrēs

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