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metronymic

[mee-truh-nim-ik, me-]
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adjective
  1. derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor.
noun
  1. a metronymic name.

Origin of metronymic

First recorded in 1865–70, metronymic is from the Greek word mētrōnymikós named after one's mother
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Historical Examples

  • Metronymic, met-ro-nim′ik, adj. derived from the name of one's mother, or other female ancestor.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)

    Various

  • Descent henceforth was reckoned in the paternal line, and society had become patronymic instead of metronymic.

    Society

    Henry Kalloch Rowe


British Dictionary definitions for metronymic

metronymic

less commonly matronymic

adjective
  1. (of a name) derived from the name of its bearer's mother or another female ancestor
noun
  1. a metronymic name

Word Origin

C19: from Greek mētronumikos, from mētēr mother + onoma name
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Word Origin and History for metronymic

adj.

"derived from the name of a mother or maternal ancestor," 1881, from Late Greek metronymikos "named for one's mother," from meter (genitive metros) "mother" (see mother (n.1)) + onyma (see name (n.)). Related: Metronymically (1822).

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