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byword

[ bahy-wurd ]
/ ˈbaɪˌwɜrd /
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noun
a word or phrase associated with some person or thing; a characteristic expression, typical greeting, or the like.
a word or phrase used proverbially; common saying; proverb.
an object of general reproach, derision, scorn, etc.: His crimes will make him a byword through the ages.
an epithet, often of scorn.
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Origin of byword

before 1050; Middle English biworde,Old English biwyrde.See by (adj.), word
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British Dictionary definitions for byword

byword
/ (ˈbaɪˌwɜːd) /

noun
a person, place, or thing regarded as a perfect or proverbial example of somethingtheir name is a byword for good service
an object of scorn or derision
a common saying; proverb

Word Origin for byword

Old English bīwyrde; see by, word; compare Old High German pīwurti, from Latin prōverbium proverb
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