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patronymic

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noun pat·ro·nym·ic \ˌpa-trə-ˈni-mik\

Definition of patronymic

  1. :  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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