Definition of eponym
1 : one for whom or which something is or is believed to be named
2 : a name (as of a drug or a disease) based on or derived from an eponym
eponymicplay \ˌe-pə-ˈni-mik\ adjective
Examples of eponym in a Sentence
Joseph Banks was surely the eponym of eponyms. From Alaska to Indonesia, from Tierra del Fuego to Tasmania, there are capes, islands, straits, mountains, bays, points, channels, peninsulas, counties and towns named after him. —Pat Rogers, Times Literary Supplement, 3–9 June 1988
Toadfishes burp the songs of their eponyms; one sort of toadfish is called the singing midshipman. —John Hersey, Harper's, May 1987
Almost from the onset of television, congressmen have realized the promotional potential of the carefully scripted hearing: the McCarthy and Kefauver hearings of the 1950s, which were among the first “televison events,” made their eponyms famous. —Gregg Easterbrook, Atlantic, Dec. 1984
Recent Examples of eponym from the Web
Theo has won a competition for building the Tower of London in Legos (an architect like his eponym), while Tess trots around Manhattan with a giant part-cat part-wolf, and has a tendency to imagine every worst possible situation.
For the first time since the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award was created in 1988, it was presented without its eponym.
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Medical Definition of eponym
1: the person for whom something (as a disease) is or is believed to be named
2: a name (as of a drug or a disease) based on or derived from the name of a person
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