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This page has two definitions of eponymous in English. Eponymous is an adjective. Examples of how to use eponymous in a sentence are shown. Also define these 6 related words and terms: person, entity, name, serve, eponym, and thing.



PIE word

From Ancient Greek ἐπώνῠμος (epṓnumos, concerning giving one’s name to something; named in a significant manner; surnamed) + English -ous (suffix forming adjectives from nouns, denoting pertinence or relation).[1] Ἐπώνῠμος (Epṓnumos) is derived from ἐπί- (epí-, prefix meaning ‘on, upon’) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁epi (at; near; on)) + Aeolic Greek ὄνῠμᾰ (ónuma) (from Ancient Greek ὄνομᾰ (ónoma, a name), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁nómn̥ (a name), perhaps from *h₃neh₃- (to name)).



eponymous (comparative more eponymous, superlative most eponymous)

  1. Of, relating to, or being the person or entity after which someone or something is named; serving as an eponym.
    Prince Hamlet is the eponymous protagonist of the Shakespearian tragedy Hamlet.
    Robinson Crusoe is the eponymous hero of the book.
    The language Limburgish is named after the eponymous provinces in Belgium and the Netherlands.
    • 2008, Nicholas Drayson, chapter 5, in A Guide to the Birds of East Africa, London: Penguin Books, published 2012, →ISBN, pages 24–25:
      Hadadas roost in numbers among the trees in the leafier parts of Nairobi and their eponymous call is one of the more insistent elements of the dawn chorus in that part of the world, though they may be heard at any time of the day.
    • Eponym definition
      A real or fictitious person or thing whose name has given rise to the name of a particular item. (1 of 3 eponym definitions)
  2. Of a thing: named after a person or entity.
    The American singer-songwriter Madonna released her eponymous album in 1983.

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  1. ^ eponymous, adj.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2018; “eponymous, adj.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.

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