1. noun /mɪsˈnəʊmə,mɪsˈnoʊmɚ/
a) A use of a term asserted to be misleading.

Calling it a driveway is a bit of a misnomer, since you dont drive on it, you park on it.

b) A term asserted to be widely used incorrectly.

Chinese checkers is a misnomer since the game has nothing to do with China.

2. verb /mɪsˈnəʊmə,mɪsˈnoʊmɚ/
 To use a misleading term; to misname.

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  • misnomer — is the wrong use of a name for something or someone inappropriate or undeserving: • My name of Epic s no misnomer Byron, 1818 • Morning sickness is a misnomer it can strike at any time The Guardian, 2000 • ‘Copy cat’ is a misnomer because cats… …   Modern English usage

  • misnomer — mis·no·mer /ˌmis nō mər/ n [Anglo French mesnomer, from mesnomer to misname, from Middle French mes wrongly + nommer to name, from Latin nominare, from nomin nomen name]: the misnaming of a person in a legal document or proceeding (as in a… …   Law dictionary

  • Misnomer — Mis*no mer, n. [OF. pref. mes amiss, wrong (L. minus less) + F. nommer to name, L. nominare, fr. nomen name. See {Name}.] The misnaming of a person in a legal instrument, as in a complaint or indictment; any misnaming of a person or thing; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Misnomer — Mis*no mer, v. t. To misname. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misnomer — (n.) mid 15c., mistaken identification of an accused or convicted person, from Anglo French, O.Fr. mesnomer to misname, wrongly name, noun use of infinitive, from mes wrongly (see MIS (Cf. mis ) (2)) + nomer to name, from L. nominare nominate… …   Etymology dictionary

  • misnomer — ► NOUN 1) an inaccurate or misleading name. 2) the wrong use of a name or term. ORIGIN from Old French mesnommer misname , from Latin nomen name …   English terms dictionary

  • misnomer — [mis nō′mər] n. [ME misnoumer < OFr mesnommer, inf. used as n. < mes ,MIS 1 + nommer, to name < L nominare: see NOMINATE] 1. a) the act of applying a wrong name or epithet to some person or thing b) such a name or epithet …   English World dictionary

  • Misnomer — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Misnomer >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 misnomer misnomer Sgm: N 1 lucus a non lucendo lucus a non lucendo Sgm: N 1 Mrs Mrs GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 Malaprop Malaprop Sgm: N 2 what d ye call em what d ye call em …   English dictionary for students

  • misnomer — UK [mɪsˈnəʊmə(r)] / US [mɪsˈnoʊmər] noun [countable] Word forms misnomer : singular misnomer plural misnomers a name or description that is incorrect or unsuitable Cottage is perhaps a misnomer for such a large house. a bit of/something of a… …   English dictionary

  • misnomer — n. a misnomer to + inf. (it s a misnomer to call this village a city) * * * [mɪs nəʊmə] a misnomer to + inf. (it s a misnomer to call this village a city) …   Combinatory dictionary

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