- the study of the origin, form, meaning, and use of names, esp. proper names
- a pattern or system serving as a basis for the formation and use of names and terms within a field or category
See onomastics in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
a. The study of the origins and forms of proper names.
b. The study of the origins and forms of terms used in specialized fields.
- The system that underlies the formation and use of proper names or terms used in specialized fields.
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