metronymic

[ mee-truh-nim-ik, me- ]
/ ˌmi trəˈnɪm ɪk, ˌmɛ- /

adjective

derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor.

noun

a metronymic name.

Nearby words

  1. metrolymphangitis,
  2. metromalacia,
  3. metronidazole,
  4. metronome,
  5. metronomic,
  6. metroparalysis,
  7. metropathia hemorrhagica,
  8. metropathy,
  9. metroperitonitis,
  10. metrophlebitis


Origin of metronymic

First recorded in 1865–70, metronymic is from the Greek word mētrōnymikós named after one's mother

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British Dictionary definitions for metronymic

metronymic

less commonly matronymic

/ (ˌmɛtrəˈnɪmɪk) /

adjective

(of a name) derived from the name of its bearer's mother or another female ancestor

noun

a metronymic name

Word Origin for metronymic

C19: from Greek mētronumikos, from mētēr mother + onoma name

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Word Origin and History for metronymic

metronymic

adj.

"derived from the name of a mother or maternal ancestor," 1881, from Late Greek metronymikos "named for one's mother," from meter (genitive metros) "mother" (see mother (n.1)) + onyma (see name (n.)). Related: Metronymically (1822).

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