Monday, October 04, 1999
misnomer noun [mis-NO-muhr] The misnaming of a person in a legal instrument, as in a complaint or indictment.
Definitions for misnomer
- The misnaming of a person in a legal instrument, as in a complaint or indictment.
- Any misnaming of a person or thing; also, a wrong or inapplicable name or designation.
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Citations for misnomer
Morning sickness is a misnomer -- it can strike any time.
Copy cat is a misnomer because cats never copy anybody.
Origin of misnomer
late Middle English
Misnomer is from Medieval French mesnommer, "to misname," from mes-, "wrongly" + nommer, "to name," from Latin nominare, "to name," from nomen, "a name."