byword

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noun by·word \-ˌwərd\

Definition of byword

  1. 1 :  a proverbial saying :  proverb

  2. 2a :  one that personifies a typeb :  one that is noteworthy or notorious

  3. 3 :  epithet

  4. 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


BYWORD Defined for English Language Learners

byword

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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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