- a person, real or imaginary, from whom something, as a tribe, nation, or place, takes or is said to take its name: Brut, the supposed grandson of Aeneas, is the eponym of the Britons.
- a word based on or derived from a person's name.
- any ancient official whose name was used to designate his year of office.
Origin of eponym
Related Words for eponymterm, brand, style, label, flag, signature, sign, nickname, surname, head, tag, rubric, moniker, cognomen, agnomen, pseudonym, appellation, handle, epithet, denomination
Examples from the Web for eponym
Historical Examples of eponym
This, however, as we learn from the Eponym Canon, was not all.The Expositor's Bible
F. W. Farrar
The word 'Abram' is merely an eponym—it means 'exalted father.'The Damnation of Theron Ware
As much is suggested by the following entry in an eponym list.Myths of Babylonia and Assyria
Donald A. Mackenzie
And in this respect Herakles was the eponym and patron of an order which existed throughout Doric Hellas.
Sardanapalus, the eponym of Oriental luxury, furnishes a good subject for this style of composition.
- a name, esp a place name, derived from the name of a real or mythical person, as for example Constantinople from Constantine I
- the name of the person from which such a name is derivedin the Middle Ages, "Brutus" was thought to be the eponym of "Britain"
Word Origin for eponym
- A name of a drug, structure, or disease based on or derived from the name of a person.