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misnomer

Definition:

an incorrect or unsuitable name

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

misnomers

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"mistaken identification of an accused or convicted person", from Anglo-French,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Misnomer

a word or term that suggests a meaning that is known to be wrong. Misnomers often arise because the thing named received its name long before its true nature was known. A misnomer may also be simply a word that is used incorrectly or misleadingly. ... (45 of 1081 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Misnomer

Collins Dictionary:

misnomer

an incorrect or unsuitable name or term for a person or thing | the act of referring to a person by the wrong name (23 of 379 words, 2 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/misnomer

Merriam-Webster:

misnomer | misnomered [adjective, related]

the misnaming of a person in a legal instrument | a use of a wrong or inappropriate name ; a wrong name or inappropriate designation (24 of 91 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/misnomer

Oxford Dictionary:

misnomer

a wrong or inaccurate name or designation | a wrong or inaccurate use of a name or term (17 of 82 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/misnomer

Wiktionary:

misnomer | misnomers [plural] | misnomered [past tense] | misnomering [present participle] | misname [synonym, sense-specific]

A use of a term that is misleading; a misname. | A term that is misleading. | A term whose sense in common usage conflicts with a technical sense. | [transitive] To use a misleading term; to misname. (35 of 76 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/misnomer

American Heritage Dictionary:

misnomer | misnomered [adjective, related]

An error in naming a person or place. | Application of a wrong name. | A name wrongly or unsuitably applied to a person or an object. (25 of 61 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/misnomer

Macmillan British Dictionary:

misnomer [countable] | misnomers [plural]

a name or description that is incorrect or unsuitable (9 of 59 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/misnomer

New World Dictionary:

misnomer

the act of applying a wrong name or epithet to some person or thing ; such a name or epithet | an error in naming a person or place in a legal ... (31 of 55 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/misnomer

Cambridge Dictionary:

misnomer

a name that does not suit what it refers to, or the use of such a name (17 of 51 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/misnomer

Random House Dictionary:

misnomer

a misapplied or inappropriate name or designation. | an error in naming a person or thing. (15 of 22 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/misnomer

Britannica Encyclopedia:

name

a word or group of words used to refer to an individual entity. A name singles out the entity by directly pointing to it, not by specifying it as a ... (30 of 1302 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/402224​/name

Encarta Dictionary:

misnomer | misnomers [plural]

a wrong or unsuitable name or term for something or somebody | a use of a wrong or unsuitable name or term to describe something or somebody (26 of 58 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630477​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

misnomer

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: "mistaken identification of an accused or convicted person", from Anglo-French, from Middle French mesnomer "to misname", from mes- ... (20 of 31 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=misnomer

American Heritage Dictionary:

misnomer

Origin: Middle English misnoumer, from Old French mesnomer, to misname: mes-, wrongly; see "mis-" [entry 1] + ... (16 of 29 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/misnomer

Oxford Dictionary:

misnomer

Origin: late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from the Old French verb mesnommer, from mes- "wrongly" + nommer "to name" (based ... (20 of 23 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/misnomer

Wiktionary:

misnomer | misnomers [plural] | misnomered [past tense] | misnomering [present participle]

Origin: 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).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/misnomer

New World Dictionary:

misnomer

Origin: Middle English misnoumer from Old French mesnommer, infinitive used as noun from mes-, "mis-" + nommer, to name from Latin nominare: see "nominate"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/misnomer

Collins Dictionary:

misnomer

First use: 15th century

Origin: via Anglo-Norman from Old French mesnommer to misname, from Latin nōmināre to call by name

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/misnomer

Merriam-Webster:

misnomer

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English misnoumer, from Anglo-French mesnomer, from mes- mis- + nomer to name, from Latin nominare

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/misnomer

Encarta Dictionary:

misnomer | misnomers [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Old French from mes- "wrongly" + nommer "to name" from Latin nominare

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630477​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

misnomer | misnomers [plural] | misnomered [past tense] | misnomering [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "misnomer"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/misnomer

Collins Dictionary:

misnomer

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "misnomer"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/misnomer

Macmillan British Dictionary:

misnomer [countable] | misnomers [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "misnomer"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/misnomer

Cambridge Dictionary:

misnomer

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "misnomer"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "misnomer"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/misnomer

Macmillan American Dictionary:

misnomer [countable] | misnomers [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "misnomer"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/misnomer

the Free Dictionary:

misnomer

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "misnomer"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "misnomer"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "misnomer" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/misnomer

Google Dictionary:

misnomer | misnomers [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "misnomer"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=misnomer

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

misnomer

Audio: North American pronunciation of "misnomer"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=misnom​01 word=misnomer

YourDictionary Audio:

misnomer

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "misnomer" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/misnomer

freedictionary.org:

misnomer

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "misnomer" by speech synthesizer

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