nounpl. -·no′mens or -·nom′i·na
- the third or family name of an ancient Roman (Ex.: Marcus Tullius Cicero)
- any family name; surname; last name
- any name; esp., a nickname
Origin of cognomenClassical Latin from co-, with + nomen, name: spelling, spelled influenced, influence by associated, association with an unverified form gnomen from Classical Greek gn?ma, mark, token: akin to Classical Latin gnoscere, know
nounpl. cog·no·mens, or cog·nom·i·na
- a. A family name; a surname.b. The third and usually last name of a citizen of ancient Rome, as Caesar in Gaius Julius Caesar.
- A name, especially a descriptive nickname or epithet acquired through usage over a period of time.
Origin of cognomenLatin cognōmen co-, con- co- ( influenced by cognōscere to know ) nōmen name ; see nō-men- in Indo-European roots.
(plural cognomens or cognomina)
From Latin co- (“together, with”) + nōmen (“name”).