[si-non-uh-muh s]


having the character of synonyms or a synonym; equivalent in meaning; expressing or implying the same idea.

Origin of synonymous

1600–10; < Medieval Latin synōnymus < Greek synṓnymos, equivalent to syn- syn- + -ōnym- -onym + -os adj. suffix; see -ous
Related formssyn·on·y·mous·ly, adverbsyn·on·y·mous·ness, nounnon·syn·on·y·mous, adjectivenon·syn·on·y·mous·ly, adverbun·syn·on·y·mous, adjectiveun·syn·on·y·mous·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for synonymously



(often foll by with) being a synonym (of)
(postpositive foll by with) closely associated (with) or suggestive (of)his name was synonymous with greed
Derived Formssynonymously, adverbsynonymousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for synonymously



c.1600, from Medieval Latin synonymus, from Greek synonymos (see synonym). Related: Synonymously.

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