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[ma-truh-nim-ik] /ˌmæ trəˈnɪm ɪk/
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The name Abraham he received from his grandfather, but it was early dropped, and he was always known by his matronymic Albert.

    Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens
British Dictionary definitions for matronymic


adjective, noun
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for matronymic

1794, a hybrid from Latin mater (see mother (n.1)) + Greek-based ending from patronymic. As an adjective from 1874.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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