noun by·word \-ˌwərd\

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

Full Definition of BYWORD

:  a proverbial saying :  proverb
a :  one that personifies a type
b :  one that is noteworthy or notorious
:  epithet
:  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>

First Known Use of BYWORD

before 12th century


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stringent Hear it
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