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ægˈnoʊ mən; -ˈnɒm ə nəag·nomen

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. agnomennoun

    an additional name or an epithet appended to a name (as in `Ferdinand the Great')


  1. agnomennoun

    An additional cognomen given, as an honour, to a Roman citizen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agnomennoun

    an additional or fourth name given by the Romans, on account of some remarkable exploit or event; as, Publius Caius Scipio Africanus

  2. Agnomennoun

    an additional name, or an epithet appended to a name; as, Aristides the Just

  3. Etymology: [L.; ad + nomen name.]


  1. Agnomen

    An agnomen, in the Roman naming convention, was a nickname, just as the cognomen was initially. However, the cognomina eventually became family names, so agnomina were needed to distinguish between similarly named persons. However, as the agnomen was an additional and optional component in a Roman name, not all Romans had an agnomen. Pseudo-Probus uses the hero of the Punic Wars, Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus, as an example: Marius Victorinus further elucidates: Africanus, Creticus and the likes are also known as victory titles. For example, Gaius Marcius Coriolanus earned his from the capture of Corioli.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Agnomen

    ag-nō′men, n. a surname added to the family name, generally on account of some great exploit, as Africanus to P. Cornelius Scipio. [L.—ad, to, and gnomen, nomen, a name.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of agnomen in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of agnomen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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