What does Synonym mean?

Definitions for Synonymˈsɪn ə nɪm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. synonym, equivalent word(noun)

    two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context


  1. synonym(Noun)

    A word or phrase with a meaning that is the same as, or very similar to, another word or phrase.

    "Happy" is a synonym of "glad".

  2. synonym(Noun)

    Any of the formal names for the taxon, including the valid name (i.e. the senior synonym).

  3. synonym(Noun)

    Any name for the taxon, usually a validly published, formally accepted one, but often also an unpublished name.

  4. synonym(Noun)

    An alternative (often shorter) name defined for an object in a database.

  5. Origin: From sinonyme, from synonymum, from συνώνυμον, neuter singular form of συνώνυμος, from σύν + ὄνομα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Synonym(noun)

    one of two or more words (commonly words of the same language) which are equivalents of each other; one of two or more words which have very nearly the same signification, and therefore may often be used interchangeably. See under Synonymous

  2. Origin: [F. synonyme, L. synonyma, pl. of synonymum, Gr. synw`nymon. See Synonymous.]


  1. Synonym

    Synonyms are words with the same or similar meanings. Words that are synonyms are said to be synonymous, and the state of being a synonym is called synonymy. The word comes from Ancient Greek syn and onoma. An example of synonyms are the words begin and commence. Likewise, if we talk about a long time or an extended time, long and extended become synonyms. In the figurative sense, two words are often said to be synonymous if they have the same connotation: Synonyms can be any part of speech, as long as both words are the same part of speech. Here are more examples of English synonyms: ⁕verb ⁕"buy" and "purchase" ⁕adjective ⁕"big" and "large" ⁕adverb ⁕"quickly" and "speedily" ⁕preposition ⁕"on" and "upon" Note that synonyms are defined with respect to certain senses of words; for instance, pupil as the "aperture in the iris of the eye" is not synonymous with student. Likewise, he expired means the same as he died, yet my passport has expired cannot be replaced by my passport has died. In English, many synonyms emerged in the Middle Ages, after the Norman conquest of England. While England's new ruling class spoke Norman French, the lower classes continued to speak Old English. Thus, today we have synonyms like the Norman-derived "people", "liberty" and "archer", and the Saxon-derived "folk", "freedom" and "bowman".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Synonym

    sin′o-nim, n. a name or word having the same meaning with another: one of two or more words which have the same meaning.—adjs. Synonymat′ic, Synonym′ic, -al.—ns. Synonym′icon, a dictionary of synonymous words; Synonym′ics, synonymy.—v.t. Synon′ymise, to express by other words of the same meaning.—ns. Synon′ymist, one who studies synonyms, or the different names of plants and animals; Synonym′ity, the state of being synonymous.—adj. Synon′ymous, pertaining to synonyms: expressing the same thing: having the same meaning.—adv. Synon′ymously.—n. Synon′ymy, the quality of being synonymous: a rhetorical figure by which synonymous words are used. [Gr. synōnymonsyn, with, onoma, a name.]

Editors Contribution

  1. synonym

    A word with the same or similar meaning to another word in a relative context.

    Erase and delete are similar words in the context of data or a magnetic tape.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Synonym in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Synonym in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Burt Bacharach:

    A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of.

  2. John Barrymore:

    I am thinking of taking a fifth wife. Why not? Solomon had a thousand wives and he is a synonym for wisdom.

  3. The Russian nuclear physicist:

    It's my dream, i think the two countries can be allies, because together, we can do many things. Stepping on each other's toes won't be good for anyone. Edward Lozansky pointed to the support provided by Russia after 9/11, when Moscow helped facilitate transit of material for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, as an example of Russian cooperation. As the political relationship between America and Russia now founders, Lozansky, still Edward Lozansky, works behind the scenes, organizing scientific and cultural exchanges between the two countries. Meanwhile, people in Moscow say anti-Americanism is at an all-time high, worse even than it was back in Soviet days. A recent poll by the Levada Center in Moscow, which is as close as there is to an independent pollster, found 70 percent of Russians have a negative view of United States. It looks like anti-Americanism is a newly found synonym for Russian patriotism.

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