- 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
Origin of onomasticsfrom French onomastique (n.) from the adjective from Classical Greek onomastikos: see onomastic and -ics
nounused 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.
1936, preceded by adjective onomastic (“of or belonging to naming") (1716), from French onomastique, from Ancient Greek á½€Î½Î¿Î¼Î±ÏƒÏ„Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (onomastikos), from á½€Î½Î¿Î¼Î±ÏƒÏ„ÏŒÏ‚ (onomastos, “named"), form of á½€Î½Î¿Î¼Î¬Î¶Ï‰ (onomazÅ, “I name"), from á½„Î½Î¿Î¼Î± (onoma, “name"), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚ƒnhâ‚ƒmnÌ¥ (“name") (English name).