Back-formation from eponymous. See also -onym.
eponym (plural eponyms)
- A real or fictitious person's name that has given rise to the name of a particular item.
- Romulus is the eponym of Rome.
- A word formed from a real or fictive person’s name.
- Synonym: namesake
- Rome is an eponym of Romulus.
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- [Mesmer] lives on today as the root of the eponym mesmerize.
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- For their dubious contribution to literature, Doctor Bowdler and Henrietta were recognized with the eponym bowdlerize[.]
- (loosely, nonstandard, by extension) A word formed from a real or fictive place or thing.
- Synonym: toponym
- “Tangerine” is an eponym of Tangier.
person's name that has given rise to the name of something
word formed from a person’s name
|Declension of eponym|