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  1. patronymic(defs 3, 4).
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Origin of patronym

First recorded in 1825–35, patronym is from the Greek word patrṓnymos (adj.) patronymic. See patri-, -onym
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  • The doctor peered at me over his glasses, hesitated, and then revealed his patronym.

    The Firefly Of France

    Marion Polk Angellotti

  • He ate in the Lotus and of its patronym, and was lulled into blissful peace with the other fortunate mariners.

Word Origin and History for patronym


1834, from Greek patronymos, from patr-, comb. form of pater "father" (see father (n.)) + -onym "name" (see name (n.)).

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