Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The study of the origins and forms of proper names.
  • noun The study of the origins and forms of terms used in specialized fields.
  • noun The system that underlies the formation and use of proper names or terms used in specialized fields.

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

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  • noun the branch of lexicology that studies the forms and origins of proper names

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • "word meaning" as you declare, but rather "onomastics" is the study of proper names and thus, "anonymous" is not strictly a fit object of onomatology.

    PoetryFoundation.org

  • Yet onomastics between Etruscan, Latin and Greek prove once again that this assumption is false since Etruscan Χalχas is borrowed from Greek Κάλχας, Paχa is from Greek Βάκχος, leχtumuza is a diminutive based on a loan from Greek λήκυθος nb.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Yet onomastics between Etruscan, Latin and Greek prove once again that this assumption is false since Etruscan Χalχas is borrowed from Greek Κάλχας, Paχa is from Greek Βάκχος, leχtumuza is a diminutive based on a loan from Greek λήκυθος nb.

    Some observations concerning Woodard's The Ancient Languages of Europe

  • When we clear away the junk linguistics, this alleged Etruscan sound change of f h rests solely on foreign onomastics.

    Archive 2009-12-01

  • When we clear away the junk linguistics, this alleged Etruscan sound change of f h rests solely on foreign onomastics.

    Imaginary "/f/-aspiration" in Etruscan

  • George R. Stewart (1895-1980), midcentury novelist and co-founder of the American Name Society, gave onomastics a good name with his classic "Names on the Land" (1945), a learned and rollicking act of patriotic toponymy.

    A Long Way From Dullsville

  • I think basely solely on my onomastics-are-destiny reaction to the name Leola that she was attracted to this pattern by the green print version.

    August 2008

  • I think basely solely on my onomastics-are-destiny reaction to the name Leola that she was attracted to this pattern by the green print version.

    Oh, Leola. - A Dress A Day

  • Why does this onomastics stuff interest me so much?

    Look out, behind you--more Emilys!

  • Operacion Puerto and its onomastics is not related to heroics, but to bags of frozen blood, and the mystery of their identity and the performances they produced - Names such as Birillo, Amigo de Birillo, USA, Hijo de Rudicio, and Piti, treatments such as Siberia, Vino,

    Interactivist Info Exchange - A Project of Interactivist.net and Autonomedia.org

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