[ uh-pon-uh-muhs ]
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  1. named after the specified person, place, or thing, usually its founder, creator, inventor, discoverer, or source:Having made her mark designing for major brands, she is launching a new, eponymous label.Emperor Constantine modeled his eponymous city, Constantinople, after Rome.

  2. giving one’s name to a place or thing:The novel’s eponymous protagonist is actually Dr. Frankenstein, not his monster.Romulus killed Remus and became the eponymous founder of Rome.

Origin of eponymous

First recorded in 1840–50; from Greek epṓnymos “given as a name”; see ep-, -onym, -ous

Other words from eponymous

  • ep·on·y·mous·ly, adverb

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How to use eponymous in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for eponymous


/ (ɪˈpɒnɪməs) /

  1. (of a person) being the person after whom a literary work, film, etc, is named: the eponymous heroine in the film of Jane Eyre

  2. (of a literary work, film, etc) named after its central character or creator: the Stooges' eponymous debut album

Derived forms of eponymous

  • eponymously, adverb

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