onomastics
The branch of semantics that studies the etymology of proper names.

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  • Onomastics — or onomatology is the study of proper names of all kinds and the origins of names. The words are from the Greek: ὀνομαστικός (onomastikos), of or belonging to naming [1][2] and ὀνοματολογία (onomatologia), from ὄνομα (ónoma) name .[3] Toponymy or …   Wikipedia

  • onomastics — scientific study of names and naming, 1936, from ONOMASTIC (Cf. onomastic); also see ICS (Cf. ics) …   Etymology dictionary

  • onomastics — [än΄ō mas′tiks; än΄ə mas′tiks] n. 1. the study of the origin, form, meaning, and use of names, esp. proper names 2. a pattern or system serving as a basis for the formation and use of names and terms within a field or category …   English World dictionary

  • onomastics — noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1930 1. a. the science or study of the origins and forms of words especially as used in a specialized field b. the science or study of the origin and forms of proper names of persons or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • onomastics — См. onomàstica …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • onomastics — onomastician /on euh meuh stish euhn/, n. /on euh mas tiks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the study of the origin, history, and use of proper names. [1930 35; see ONOMASTIC, ICS] * * * …   Universalium

  • onomastics — noun /ˌɒ.nəʊˈmæs.tɪks,ˌɑː.noʊˈmæs.tɪks,ˌɑː.nəˈmæs.tɪks/ The branch of lexicology devoted to the study of names and naming, especially the origins of names. Syn: onomatology See Also: onomastic, onomastician, onomasticon …   Wiktionary

  • onomastics — study of proper names Sciences and Studies …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • onomastics — plural noun [usu. treated as sing.] the study of the history and origin of proper names, especially personal names …   English new terms dictionary

  • onomastics — on·o·mas·tics …   English syllables

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