[ mee-truh-nim-ik, me- ]
/ ˌmi trəˈnɪm ɪk, ˌmɛ- /
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derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor.
a metronymic name.
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Also mat·ro·nym·ic [ma-truh-nim-ik] /ˌmæ trəˈnɪm ɪk/ .
Origin of metronymic
First recorded in 1865–70, metronymic is from the Greek word mētrōnymikós “named after one's mother”
Words nearby metronymic
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Example sentences from the Web for metronymic
Descent henceforth was reckoned in the paternal line, and society had become patronymic instead of metronymic.Society|Henry Kalloch Rowe
Metronymic, met-ro-nim′ik, adj. derived from the name of one's mother, or other female ancestor.
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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