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Relating to names and the process of naming - synonyms or related words

after

adverb

if you name a person or thing after someone, you give them the same name

assignment

noun

the process of giving someone or something a particular job, title, or status

by

adverb

using a particular name or title

initials

noun

the first letter of someone’s name, especially their first name

initials

noun

the first letters of all someone’s names

Junior

adjective

used after the name of a man who has the same name as his father

namecheck

noun

a mention of the name of a person, company, or product in an advertisement or in order to thank them

nameless

adjective

a nameless person or thing has no name

nameless

adjective

a nameless person or thing has a name that you do not know

namesake

noun

a person or thing with the same name as someone or something else

naming ceremony

noun

a non-religious ceremony for naming a child. A religious ceremony for naming a child is a baptism or christening.

née

adjective

formal

used after the family name of a woman who is married for saying what her family name was before she was married

of

preposition

used after names and titles for talking about the relationship between a person and a place or organization

plain

adjective

used before a name for saying that someone does not have a special title or name

Senior

adjective

mainly American

used after someone’s name to refer to the older of two people with the same name in the same family

stick

verb

if a new name for someone or something sticks, it becomes accepted and used by everyone

titular

adjective

relating to someone who has an important official title but has no real power or authority

under

adverb

using a particular name in official situations, often a name that is not your own

unnamed

adjective

used for describing a person or thing whose name is not mentioned

better known as

used when someone has two names and you are introducing the more familiar one

by name

referring to someone or something by using their name

familiarly known as/called something

called something by people who know it well, or by most people

no relation

used for saying that two people who have the same family name are not related

otherwise known as

used for showing that someone has another name or title

under the name of something

using a name that is not your real name

who shall remain nameless

used for saying that you are not going to name the person who has done something

nanodegree

a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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dolt

a stupid person

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hypocaust

an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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