An example of misnomer is someone telling a child that an elephant is a lion.
- the act of applying a wrong name or epithet to some person or thing
- such a name or epithet
- an error in naming a person or place in a legal document
Origin of misnomerMiddle English misnoumer ; from Old French mesnommer, infinitive used as noun ; from mes-, mis- + nommer, to name ; from Classical Latin nominare: see nominate
- An error in naming a person or place.
- a. Application of a wrong name.b. A name wrongly or unsuitably applied to a person or object.
Origin of misnomerMiddle English misnoumer, from Old French mesnomer, to misname : mes-, wrongly; see mis–1 + nommer, to name (from Latin n&omacron;minare, from n&omacron;men, name; see n&obremac;-men- in Indo-European roots).
- A use of a term that is misleading; a misname.
- Calling it a driveway is a bit of a misnomer, since you don't drive on it, you park on it.
- A term that is misleading.
- Chinese checkers is a misnomer since the game has nothing to do with China.
- A term whose sense in common usage conflicts with a technical sense.
- It's a misnomer that engineers can't write.
(third-person singular simple present misnomers, present participle misnomering, simple past and past participle misnomered)
- To use a misleading term; to misname.
From Anglo-Norman mesnomer, noun use of Anglo-Norman and Old French verb mesnomer (“to name incorrectly"), from mes- (“mis-") + nomer (“to name") (from Latin nÅminÄre).
misnomer - Legal Definition