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EtymologyEdit

Back-formation from eponymous. See also -onym.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛpənɪm/
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NounEdit

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eponym (plural eponyms)

  1. The name of a real or fictitious person whose name has given rise to the name of a particular item.
    Romulus is the eponym of Rome.
  2. A word formed from a real or fictive person’s name.
    Synonym: namesake
    Rome is an eponym of Romulus.
    • 2004, Bill Sherk, 500 Years of New Words →ISBN:
      [Mesmer] lives on today as the root of the eponym mesmerize.
    • 2015, Robert B. Taylor, What Every Medical Writer Needs to Know →ISBN:
      For their dubious contribution to literature, Doctor Bowdler and Henrietta were recognized with the eponym bowdlerize[.]
  3. (loosely, nonstandard, by extension) A word formed from a real or fictive place or thing.
    Synonym: toponym
    “Tangerine” is an eponym of Tangier.

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NounEdit

eponym c

  1. eponym

DeclensionEdit

Declension of eponym 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative eponym eponymen eponymer eponymerna
Genitive eponyms eponymens eponymers eponymernas