See also: prænomen

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From Latin praenōmen, from prae- (pre-: before) + nōmen (name, family name).

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praenomen (plural praenomens or praenomina)

  1. (historical) An Ancient Roman given name.
    Julius Caesar's praenomen was Gaius.
  2. (historical) The throne name of a pharaoh, the fourth of the five names of the royal titulary, traditionally encircled by a cartouche and preceded by the title nswt-bjtj.
    Tutankhamun's praenomen or throne name was Nebkheperrure, "Lord of the forms of Ra".
  3. (zoology) The genus name in a binomial scientific name.
    In the name Tyrannosaurus rex, "tyrannosaurus" is the praenomen.

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Etymology edit

prae- (before) +‎ nōmen (name)

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praenōmen n (genitive praenōminis); third declension

  1. praenomen: An ancient Roman first name.

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Third-declension noun (neuter, imparisyllabic non-i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative praenōmen praenōmina
Genitive praenōminis praenōminum
Dative praenōminī praenōminibus
Accusative praenōmen praenōmina
Ablative praenōmine praenōminibus
Vocative praenōmen praenōmina

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  • praenomen”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • praenomen”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • praenomen in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • praenomen”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • praenomen”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin