[ ep-uh-nim ]
/ ˈɛp ə nɪm /
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.
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Origin of eponym
First recorded in 1840–50; back formation from eponymous
OTHER WORDS FROM eponymep·o·nym·ic, adjective
Words nearby eponym
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British Dictionary definitions for eponymic
/ (ˈɛpəˌnɪm) /
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"
Derived forms of eponymeponymic, adjective
Word Origin for eponym
C19: from Greek epōnumos giving a significant name
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Medical definitions for eponymic
[ ĕp′ə-nĭm′ ]
A name of a drug, structure, or disease based on or derived from the name of a person.
Other words from eponymep′o•nym′ic adj.
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