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[pa-truh-nim] /ˈpæ trə nɪm/
patronymic (defs 3, 4).
Origin of patronym
First recorded in 1825-35, patronym is from the Greek word patrṓnymos (adj.) patronymic. See patri-, -onym Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The doctor peered at me over his glasses, hesitated, and then revealed his patronym.

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  • He ate in the Lotus and of its patronym, and was lulled into blissful peace with the other fortunate mariners.

Contemporary definitions for patronym

a name derived from a father or ancestor; a surname or family name

Word Origin

patri- 'father' + -onym 'name''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for patronym

1834, from Greek patronymos, from patr-, comb. form of pater "father" (see father (n.)) + -onym "name" (see name (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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