patronymic


pat·ro·nym·ic

noun \ˌpa-trə-ˈni-mik\

Definition of PATRONYMIC

:  a name derived from that of the father or a paternal ancestor usually by the addition of an affix
patronymic adjective

Origin of PATRONYMIC

ultimately from Greek patronymia patronymic, from patr- + onyma name — more at name
First Known Use: 1612

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