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A nomenclator (//; English plural nomenclators, Latin plural nomenclatores; derived from the Latin nomen- name + calare - to call), in classical times, referred to a slave whose duty was to recall the names of persons his master met during a political campaign. Later this became names of people in any social context and included other socially important information.
However, it has taken on several other meanings and also refers to a book containing collections or lists of words. It also denotes a person, generally a public official, who announces the names of guests at a party or other social gathering or ceremony.
In more general terms still, it is a person who provides or creates the names for things. and this can apply to the application of names in a scientific or any other context but especially in relation to specialist terminologies, glossaries etc.
- US dict: nō′·mən·klā·tər
- Charlton T. Lewis, Charles Short, "A Latin Dictionary". Oxford. Clarendon Press. 1879. Digitised by Perseus Digital Library, Tufts University. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
- Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)