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Etymology

From Anglo-Norman mesnomer, noun use of Anglo-Norman and Old French verb mesnomer (to name incorrectly), from mes- (mis-) + nommer (to name) (from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] nōmināre).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
misnomer

Plural
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misnomer ({{{1}}})
  1. A use of a term asserted to be misleading.
    • Calling it a driveway is a bit of a misnomer, since you don't drive on it, you park on it.
  2. A term asserted to be widely used incorrectly.
    • Chinese checkers is a misnomer since the game has nothing to do with China.
  3. A term whose sense in common usage conflicts with a technical sense.

Usage notes

The term misnomer is sometimes used as misnomer of "something asserted not to be true; a myth".

  • It's a misnomer that engineers can't write.

Translations

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Verb

Infinitive
to misnomer

Third person singular
-

Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to misnomer (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To use a misleading term; to misname.

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