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mononym (plural mononyms)
- A single name by which a person, thing etc is known. For example, Madonna (the pop musical artist).
- A single term for a thing or concept, allowing for no synonyms.
1993, Richard Alan Strehlow & Sue Ellen Wright, Standardizing Terminology for Better Communication, ISBN 0803114931:
- ISO 704 and ISO 1087 prescribe mononymy as highly desirable for standardized terminologies, but as experience shows, individuals in developing disciplines (having unsettled terminology) are rarely able to agree on mononyms.
- Mononym. A word a Day, 2003.