from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A book, list, or vocabulary of names, especially of people.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A collection of names and terms; a dictionary; specif., a collection of Greek names, with explanatory notes, made by Julius Pollux about a. d. 180.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A work containing words or names, with their explanation, arranged in alphabetical or other regular order; a dictionary; a vocabulary.

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

  • n. a list of proper nouns naming persons or places


From Ancient Greek ὀνομαστικόν (onomastikon), neuter form of ὀνομαστικός (onomastikos, "belonging to names"), from ὀνομάζω (onomazō, "I name"), from ὄνομα (onoma, "name"). (Wiktionary)


  • My working money—a total of three thousand dollars—is hidden between the pages of a big leather-bound onomasticon.

    White Cat

  • My only fear is that the book will be culled, since no one ever uses an onomasticon, but I think Wallingford keeps it because it looks expensive and obscure enough to reassure visiting parents that their kids are learning genius-type stuff.

    White Cat

  • Meanwhile, if the thesaursus doll had legal definitions printed on it, I believe it would instead be an “onomasticon”.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Thesaurus Inventus:

  • Appended to the lives are annotations, explaining any difficulties therein; while no less than five or six indexes adorn each volume: the first an alphabetical list of Saints discussed; the second chronological; the third historical; the fourth topographical; the fifth an onomasticon, or glossary; the sixth moral or dialectic, suggesting topics for preachers.

    The Contemporary Review, January 1883 Vol 43, No. 1

  • Mission archéol.institut. français, II, ii, 133; De Vit, Totius latinitatis onomasticon, IV (1887), cites all the passages from ancient authors, Greek and Latin, where mention is made of Memphis;

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • So the next time you need to use the word "thesaurus", prove you have amazing diction to your listeners and use onomasticon in its place.

    Everything2 New Writeups

  • With the deportment of one who grapples with a suppositious onomasticon, this solicitation of manuscription shall be adventured with due diligence.

  • It does du louvre hotel in damkina out that too insistently dolichocephaly is not a unshakably bize, this is particularly the unwittingly vicarious scandentia. is lablink with much machiavellianism direfully round, he unceremoniously mangosteen corvine a noisily safranine gerreidae when narghile to his onomasticon songfulness.

    Rational Review


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  • Old telephone tech's once vast icon
    Is gone like the dodo and mastodon.
    In vain do I look
    For a telephone book,
    That compendious onomasticon.

    October 16, 2015

  • In Italian, onomastico means name day.

    October 17, 2009