Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or explaining a name or names.
  • adj. Of or relating to onomastics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, or relating to a personal or place name
  • adj. of, or relating to onomastics

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Applied to a signature when the body of the instrument is in another's handwriting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or consisting of a name: specifically applied in law to the signature of an instrument the body of which is in the handwriting of another person, or to the instrument so signed.

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

  • adj. of or related to onomastics

Etymologies

French onomastique, from Greek onomastikos, from onomazein, to name, from onoma, name; see nŏ̄-men- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ὀνομαστικός. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A similar kind of onomastic matrilineage is established through a practice Junod, around the turn of the century, described as the most frequent method of infant-naming among the Tsonga, and through which many of the eldest interviewees had received their birth name: consulting the divining bones to obtain the name of an ancestor so as to kupfuxa (wake up) that ancestor's spirit in the person of the child.

    Where Women Make History: Gendered Tellings of Community and Change in Magude, Mozambique

  • Once the purely linguistic approach has been abandoned, an opportunity has been provided for a new kind of onomastic vision which treats names as names and not just as words with peculiar properties.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol II No 4

  • From the very site of 9/11 comes this onomastic mockery of the "Big Apple," inscribed on a traditional Islamic jihadist weapon, no less.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • And this onomastic prejudice is visited upon the Canadian-born descendants of immigrants as well.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • This sort of onomastic racial profiling, not surprisingly, is common south of the border, whence our own securibots seem to get all their ideas.

    There ain't no-flys on me

  • On page 269 of Tarquinia: Archeologia e prosopografia tra ellenismo e romanizzazione, Federica Chiesa explores the history of the Etruscan gens Sentina and states in Italian: The brief onomastic formula of this Šethre Sentina Ta 1.202 neither presents us with ulterior data nor relevance to our knowledge of the gens, which despite the nomen of an ethnic type, boasts exclusively Tarquinian attestation.

    Sentina, an Etruscanized Latin name

  • Discusses the chronological and onomastic difficulties arising from the identification of the queen with the widow of Judas Aristobulus.

    Hasmonean Women.

  • I realize I sound like a complete and utter neophyte, but I'm quite curious about this potential onomastic connection to Minoan Crete.

    Minoan citynames with an Egyptian accent

  • Martín died in 2004, but he'd likely be grumbling still today, given the names of the Cuban delegation at this year's Olympics — though at least for onomastic innovation, the Cubans would certainly bring home the gold.

    Playing a Name Game

  • Here is a Salon article about the 'onomastic inventiveness' of black folks when it comes to naming their children.

    Thump Hummer Palin.

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  • 1. Of, relating to, or explaining a name or names.
    2. Of or relating to onomastics.

    September 22, 2009