misnomer 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 complaint or indictment)
: the institution of proceedings against and service of process on the correct party using the incorrect name compare idem sonans NOTE: Amendment of the pleadings is generally allowed in cases of misnomer.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.