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onomastics

[on-uh-mas-tiks] /ˌɒn əˈmæs tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the study of the origin, history, and use of proper names.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; see onomastic, -ics
Related forms
onomastician
[on-uh-muh-stish-uh n] /ˌɒn ə məˈstɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for onomastics

onomastics

/ˌɒnəˈmæstɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the study of proper names, esp of their origins
2.
(functioning as singular or pl) a systematization of the facts about how proper names are formed in a given language
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Word Origin and History for onomastics
n.

"scientific study of names and naming," 1936, from onomastic; also see -ics.

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