byword

noun by·word \ -ˌwərd \
Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of byword

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

Examples of byword in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of byword

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of byword for English Language Learners

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



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