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eponymous

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/ əˈpɒn ə məs /
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adjective

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

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Origin of eponymous

First recorded in 1840–50, eponymous is from the Greek word epṓnymos giving name. See ep-, -onym, -ous
ep·on·y·mous·ly, adverb
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What does eponymous mean?

Eponymous is used to describe someone who has given their name to something or has had something named after them, as in I met the eponymous owner of Sally’s Restaurant at the farmer’s market yesterday. 

Eponymous can also be used to describe works of art that are named after their creator or lead fictional character, as in In Robinson Crusoe, the eponymous lead character lives alone on a deserted island for 28 years. 

Eponymous is a fancy word used to describe things (restaurants, books, movies, etc.) that are named after a person. One of the more common uses of eponymous is in articles or stories about the history of something that’s named after a person who is still alive or involved. For example, Walt E. Disney created his eponymous company, The Walt Disney Company.

Eponym refers to the person something is named after. The Amazon tribe, a mythical Greek tribe, is the eponym of the Amazon River in South America.

Example: The movie Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows stars the eponymous detective in his most dangerous case yet!

Where does eponymous come from?

The first records of eponymous come from 1840. It comes from the Greek word epṓnymos, which means “giving name.” Ep- means “over” or “after,” the Greek -onym means “name,” and the ending -ous makes it an adjective.

Eponymous can be used in two ways. It can be used to refer to the person who a thing is named after, as in The Batman series of comic books stars the eponymous caped crusader. And it can be used to refer to the thing named after a person, as in Batman is the main character in the eponymous superhero comic book series. 

Eponymous isn’t used with just artwork, however. It can be used for other items as well: Michael Jordan wore a pair of his eponymous Air Jordan sneakers.

Titular is another term that can be used to refer to a person a title is named after: In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we meet the titular hero for the first time.

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  • eponymously (adverb)

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How is eponymous used in real life?

Eponymous is used when a person or fictional character is mentioned with something named after them.

 

 

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Enzo Ferrari was the founder of the eponymous luxury car company that bears his name.

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
eponymously, adverb
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