Definitions

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  • n. A single name by which a person, thing etc is known. For example, Madonna (the pop star).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name consisting of a single term; a mononomial name in zoölogy.

Etymologies

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mono- (“one”) + -onym (“word, name”)

Examples

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  • John Clayton, a truly bizarre man,

    Is set among Hollywood's stars and

    We've only known him

    By this, his mononym -

    That swinger, the ape-man, our Tarzan.

    December 14, 2016

  • Prince, Cher

    September 9, 2009

  • A name consisting of one word only. (Listed in OED2).

    November 2, 2007