by·​word | \ ˈbī-ˌwərd How to pronounce byword (audio) \

Definition of byword

1 : a proverbial saying : proverb
2a : one that personifies a type
b : one that is noteworthy or notorious
3 : epithet
4 : a frequently used word or phrase

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Mom's favorite byword is “You can get more flies with honey than with vinegar”. nationally, Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive has become a byword for luxury retailing

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Xiao Ke predicted: [the party will be] condemned through the ages and [this event] will go down in history as a byword for infamy. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "China’s ‘Black Week-end’," 17 June 2019 Continuity is the byword at Treadway Elementary, where Assistant Principal Vanessa King will succeed the departing Christidis as Treadway principal. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Lake County principal of the year part of summertime administrative shuffle," 18 June 2019 Trust is the byword, Ms. Latta explained at the show’s preview, along with an avoidance of micromanaging. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Eckhaus Latta: Possessed’ Review: Sustainability for Sale," 13 Aug. 2018 Yet Russia remains a byword for backwardness and corruption. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Putin Is Weak. Europe Doesn’t Have to Be," 23 July 2018 The story spun here is indeed that of the clan whose name became a byword for world-shattering Wall Street hubris in 2008, when the mighty firm of Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Is a Transfixing Epic of Riches and Ruin," 13 July 2018 Then again, no other Gilded Age dynasty has ever conjured a vision of wealth quite like the Rockefellers, a surname that still serves as a byword for affluence. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Will the Rockefeller Collection be the First Art Auction to Top $1 Billion?," 11 Apr. 2018 But Pakistan’s army, which fought a 22-month campaign from 2014 to evict militants from North Waziristan, is trying to transform the town from a byword for extremism to a showcase of the stability to which the generals say the country is returning. The Economist, "The Pakistani army has got serious about defeating domestic terrorism," 28 Feb. 2018 After Lorena spent 45 days in a mental hospital, her name long remained a byword — not only for titillation but also for a certain kind of tragedy. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "‘He Could Have Killed Me.’ Lorena Bobbitt on Domestic Abuse and What She Wants You To Know About Her Case 25 Years Later," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of byword

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of byword

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

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