Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.  To use a misleading term; to misname.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • transitive v. To misname.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To designate by a mistaken or unsuitable name; misname.
  • 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.
  • n. Hence A mistaken name or designation; a misapplied term.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an incorrect or unsuitable name

Etymologies

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)
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)

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