Meaning of agnomination in English:


Pronunciation /aɡˌnɒmɪˈneɪʃn/


  • 1Rhetoric
    The conjunction of words which sound similar; wordplay based on similar-sounding words; an instance of this.

  • 2†(a) The giving of an agnomen, byname, or surname. Obsolete. (b) An agnomen, a byname; a descriptive appellation.

    Not in Johnson (1755).


Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Bristow (1538–1581), Roman Catholic priest. Partly (i) from classical Latin adnōminātiōn-, adnōminātiō (in post-classical Latin also annominatio) wordplay based on words which sound similar, an instance of this, with alteration after words in classical Latin ag-, variant of ad-;.