[ uh-pon-uh-muh s ]
/ əˈpɒn ə məs /


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

Origin of eponymous

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

Related forms

ep·on·y·mous·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for eponymous


/ (ɪˈpɒnɪməs) /


(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 Forms

eponymously, adverb
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