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

  • n. A first or given name.
  • n. The first name of a citizen of ancient Rome, as Gaius in Gaius Julius Caesar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An ancient Roman first name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The first name of a person, by which individuals of the same family were distinguished, answering to our Christian name, as Caius, Lucius, Marcus, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Among the ancient Romans, a name prefixed to the family name, answering to the modern Christian or personal name, as Gaius, Lucius, Marcus, etc.
  • n. In zoology, the generic name, or name of the genus to which a species belongs, which invariably precedes the specific or trivial name in the binomial system of nomenclature. Thus, Felis is the prænomen in the term Felis leo, which is the technical name of the lion.

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

  • n. the first name of a citizen of ancient Rome


Latin praenōmen : prae-, pre- + nōmen, name; see nŏ̄-men- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin praenomen, from prae- + nomen. (Wiktionary)



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