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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [on-uh-mas-tiks]
    • /ˌɒn əˈmæs tɪks/
    • /ˌɑː.nə.ˈmæ.stɪks/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on-uh-mas-tiks]
    • /ˌɒn əˈmæs tɪks/

Definitions of onomastics word

  • noun onomastics the study of the origin, history, and use of proper names. 1
  • noun onomastics The study of the history and origin of proper names, especially personal names. 1
  • noun onomastics the study of proper names, esp of their origins 0
  • noun onomastics a systematization of the facts about how proper names are formed in a given language 0
  • noun onomastics the study of the origin, form, meaning, and use of names, esp. proper names 0
  • noun onomastics a pattern or system serving as a basis for the formation and use of names and terms within a field or category 0

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Origin of onomastics

First appearance:

before 1930
One of the 10% newest English words
First recorded in 1930-35; See origin at onomastic, -ics

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Parts of speech for Onomastics


onomastics popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 48% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 56% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for onomastics

noun onomastics

  • wording — a unit of language, consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation, that functions as a principal carrier of meaning. Words are composed of one or more morphemes and are either the smallest units susceptible of independent use or consist of two or three such units combined under certain linking conditions, as with the loss of primary accent that distinguishes black·bird· from black· bird·. Words are usually separated by spaces in writing, and are distinguished phonologically, as by accent, in many languages.
  • jargon — a colorless to smoky gem variety of zircon.
  • language — a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition: the two languages of Belgium; a Bantu language; the French language; the Yiddish language.
  • lingo — the language and speech, especially the jargon, slang, or argot, of a particular field, group, or individual: gamblers' lingo.
  • phrasing — Grammar. a sequence of two or more words arranged in a grammatical construction and acting as a unit in a sentence. (in English) a sequence of two or more words that does not contain a finite verb and its subject or that does not consist of clause elements such as subject, verb, object, or complement, as a preposition and a noun or pronoun, an adjective and noun, or an adverb and verb.

Antonyms for onomastics

noun onomastics

  • standard — something considered by an authority or by general consent as a basis of comparison; an approved model.

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