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Monday, October 04, 1999

Definitions for misnomer

  1. The misnaming of a person in a legal instrument, as in a complaint or indictment.
  2. 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. Jane Bartlett, Guardian
Copy cat is a misnomer because cats never copy anybody. Carl Van Vechten, The Tiger in the House
Origin of misnomer
late Middle English
1425-1475
Misnomer is from Medieval French mesnommer, "to misname," from mes-, "wrongly" + nommer, "to name," from Latin nominare, "to name," from nomen, "a name."