onomastics

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1936, preceded by adjective onomastic (of or belonging to naming) (1716), from French onomastique, from Ancient Greek ὀνομαστικός (onomastikos), from ὀνομαστός (onomastos, named), form of ὀνομάζω (onomazō, I name), from ὄνομα (onoma, name), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃nh₃mn̥ (name) (English name).[1]

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onomastics (plural only)

  1. The branch of lexicology devoted to the study of names and naming, especially the origins of names.

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  1. ^ onomastics” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).