by·​name ˈbī-ˌnām How to pronounce byname (audio)
: a secondary name

Examples of byname in a Sentence

Thomas Edward Lawrence is better known to most people by his byname, Lawrence of Arabia.
Recent Examples on the Web Robert the Wise was a good teacher — and, as his byname suggests, a good role model. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 3 July 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of byname was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Byname.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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