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


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


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for metronymic


less commonly matronymic

/ (ˌmɛtrəˈnɪmɪk) /


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


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



"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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