What does the word misnomer mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • A name wrongly applied or inapplicable.

Usage examples for misnomer

  1. It is customary in Europe to call all Americans, Yankees; but it is as much a misnomer as it would be to call all Europeans Frenchmen. – The Attache or, Sam Slick in England, Complete by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  2. Published in New York, August 1775." The 1795 edition changed the title to " The Misnomer." – The Poems of Philip Freneau, Volume I (of III) by Philip Freneau
  3. Unfortunate wretches bear them unto us; yet we dare not make them our own; we blast their lives for selfish ends, yield them to others, shield ourselves by a misnomer called right! – Our World, or, The Slaveholders Daughter by F. Colburn Adams