American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An error in naming a person or place.
- n. Application of a wrong name.
- n. A name wrongly or unsuitably applied to a person or an object.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A misnaming; the act of applying a wrong name or designation.
- n. In law, an error in name; misstatement in a document of the name of a person. Misnomers in proceedings are now frequently amended by the court, provided no party has been misled or prejudiced.
- n. Hence A mistaken name or designation; a misapplied term.
- To designate by a mistaken or unsuitable name; misname.
- n. A use of a term asserted to be misleading; a misname.
- n. A term asserted to be widely used incorrectly.
- n. A term whose sense in common usage conflicts with a technical sense.
- v. transitive To use a misleading term; to misname.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The misnaming of a person in a legal instrument, as in a complaint or indictment; any misnaming of a person or thing; a wrong or inapplicable name or title.
- v. rare To misname.
- n. an incorrect or unsuitable name
- From Anglo-Norman mesnomer, noun use of Anglo-Norman and Old French verb mesnomer ("to name incorrectly"), from mes- ("mis-") + nomer ("to name") (from Latin nōmināre). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English misnoumer, from Old French mesnomer, to misname : mes-, wrongly; see mis-1 + nommer, to name (from Latin nōmināre, from nōmen, name; see nŏ̄-men- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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