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mononym (MON-uh-nim) noun
A term or name consisting of one word only. For example, Madonna (pop star).
[From Greek mono- (one) + -onym (word, name).]
"They have all come here to
see Mia Hamm. 'Meeee-aaaa!' the girls squeal. It must be a sound Mia
hears in her sleep. Mia, by the way, is a mononym now. Just like
Brazilian soccer great Pele, no last name is needed."
"That was from Morissette's first second album, 1992's Now Is the Time,
an out-of-print disc from north of the border, released when she was
still an overly made-up, severely bejeweled Canadian teen star using
the mononym of Alanis."
This week's theme: Words to describe words
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)