eponymous

[ uh-pon-uh-muh s ]
/ əˈpɒn ə məs /

adjective

giving one's name to a tribe, place, etc.: Romulus, the eponymous founder of Rome.

Nearby words

  1. epode,
  2. epoetin alfa,
  3. eponychia,
  4. eponychium,
  5. eponym,
  6. eponymy,
  7. epoophorectomy,
  8. epoophoron,
  9. epopee,
  10. epos

Origin of eponymous

First recorded in 1840–50, eponymous is from the Greek word epṓnymos giving name. See ep-, -onym, -ous

Related formsep·on·y·mous·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for eponymous

eponymous

/ (ɪˈpɒnɪməs) /

adjective

(of a person) being the person after whom a literary work, film, etc, is namedthe eponymous heroine in the film of Jane Eyre
(of a literary work, film, etc) named after its central character or creatorthe Stooges' eponymous debut album
Derived Formseponymously, adverb

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Word Origin and History for eponymous

eponymous

adj.

1846; see eponym + -ous.

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