onomastics definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- 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
onomastics definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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.