Definitions for eponymˈɛp ə nɪm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ep•o•nymˈɛp ə nɪm(n.)
a person, real or imaginary, from whom something takes or is said to take its name.
a word based on or derived from a person's name.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of eponym:
the person for whom something is named
"Constantine I is the eponym for Constantinople"
the name derived from a person (real or imaginary)
"Down's syndrome is an eponym for the English physician John Down"
The name of a real or fictitious person whose name has, or is thought to have, given rise to the name of a particular item.
Romulus is the eponym of Rome.
A word formed from a real or fictive personu2019s name.
Origin: From ἐπώνυμος, from ἐπί + ὄνυμα, Aeolic variant of ὄνομα. See -onym.
alt. of Eponyme
An eponym is a person or thing, whether real or fictional, after which a particular place, tribe, era, discovery, or other item is named or thought to be named. For example, Léon Theremin is the eponym of the theremin; Louis Braille is the eponym of the Braille word system created by him for use by the blind. Eponyms are aspects of etymology. A synonym of "eponym" is namegiver. Someone who is referred to with the adjective eponymous is the eponym of something. An example is: "Léon Theremin, known as the eponymous inventor of the theremin." An etiological myth can be a "reverse eponym" in the sense that a legendary character is invented in order to explain a term, such as the nymph Pirene, who according to myth was turned into Pirene's Fountain.
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