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byword

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noun by·word \-ˌwərd\

Simple Definition of byword

  • : someone or something that is closely connected with a particular quality

Full Definition of byword

  1. 1 :  a proverbial saying :  proverb

  2. 2 a :  one that personifies a type b :  one that is noteworthy or notorious

  3. 3 :  epithet

  4. 4 :  a frequently used word or phrase

Examples of byword

  1. <Mom's favorite byword is You can get more flies with honey than with vinegar.>

  2. <nationally, Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive has become a byword for luxury retailing>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of byword

before 12th century



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