Origin of eponymous
OTHER WORDS FROM eponymousep·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.
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.
Thanks to the eponymous, Oscar-winning movie, Erin Brockovich has become, as she describes it, “a kind of reporting agency for suspected disease clusters and environmental issues around the country”https://t.co/eF8fy9Ffcr
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 14, 2020
Only just caught up with 2005's Capote in which Philip Seymour Hoffman played the eponymous writer. What a fine, extraordinary actor he was!
— David Treadway (@datreadway) July 5, 2017
TIL the actor who played “Potsie” on “Happy Days” is the nephew of Dr. Henry Heimlich, the inventor of the eponymous maneuver
— brian braiker (@slarkpope) August 21, 2017
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Enzo Ferrari was the founder of the eponymous luxury car company that bears his name.
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In the letter, they compared the honorific names to “verbal statues” and called for the removal of all eponymous bird names.Inside the Movement to Abolish Colonialist Bird Names|Nathalie Alonso|February 12, 2021|Outside Online
She serves as executive producer of “Bridgerton,” which is based on novels by Julia Quinn about the eponymous family’s efforts to navigate London high society.Shonda Rhimes’s ‘Bridgerton’ series is a major hit for Netflix|Verne Kopytoff|January 4, 2021|Fortune
The sought-after skincare brand is now easier than ever to shop because starting today, it will be available both through its eponymous website, and in mega-beauty retailer Sephora.EXCLUSIVE: Rihanna On Fenty Skin Launching At Sephora|cmurray|December 26, 2020|Essence.com
Located on Bakers Island next to its eponymous light station, three miles off the coast of Salem, this boat- or paddle-in-only site is the perfect base camp for those looking for seclusion.
I was fortunate to have seen Fishburne on Broadway over a decade ago when he portrayed the late Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall in the eponymous one-man play.How Laurence Fishburne Gave Voice To ‘The Autobiography Of Malcolm X’|Joi-Marie McKenzie|September 17, 2020|Essence.com
Target was established in 1962 by the Dayton brothers as a discount offshoot of their eponymous Twin Cities department store.
Glass and Steagall, those eponymous bank regulators, were both Southern members of Congress.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are returning for the fourth season of their eponymous hit Comedy Central show.Dumpster Politicians, Jeter Tributes, and More Viral Videos|Jack Holmes|September 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Son of Godzilla (怪獣島の決戦 ゴジラの息子), introduced the character of Minilla (ミニラ) in the eponymous role.A Comprehensive History of Toho’s Original Kaiju (and Atomic Allegory) Godzilla|Rich Goldstein|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who portrayed the eponymous character in Kick-Ass, will play her brother, Quicksilver.
The Greeks called themselves Hellenes, after Hellen their eponymous divine leader.Archaic England|Harold Bayley
Far from degenerating, the Australians show advance when they supersede their beast or other totem by an eponymous human hero.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1|Andrew Lang
Many of these structures represent animal forms, probably the totem or eponymous ancestor of the tribe which reared them.The Myths of the North American Indians|Lewis Spence
What we can assert to have been the original feature of Scyld is this—that he was the eponymous hero king of the Danes.Beowulf|R. W. Chambers
In particular we have the eponymous ancestors of families and even nations.The Heroic Age|H. Munro Chadwick