[ si-non-uh-mee ]
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noun,plural syn·on·y·mies for 3, 4.
  1. the quality of being synonymous; equivalence in meaning.

  2. the study of synonyms.

  1. a set, list, or system of synonyms.

  2. Biology. a list of the scientific names, with explanatory matter and location of type or types, for a particular taxonomic group.

Origin of synonymy

1600–10; <Late Latin synōnymia<Greek synōnymía.See synonymous, -y3

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British Dictionary definitions for synonymy


/ (sɪˈnɒnɪmɪ) /

nounplural -mies
  1. the study of synonyms

  2. the character of being synonymous; equivalence

  1. a list or collection of synonyms, esp one in which their meanings are discriminated

  2. biology a collection of the synonyms of a species or group

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