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Examples of eponymous in a Sentence
- … Ramayana, an Indian epic which chronicles, in sixty thousand verses, the adventures of its eponymous hero Rama … —Leila Hadley, Give Me the World, (1958) 1999
- "Cool Britannia," which goes back to Ben and Jerry's eponymous ice cream in Spring 1996, met its sell-by-date within weeks … —Harold Perkin, Times Literary Supplement, 18 Dec. 1998
- Karen Hubert Allison, the eponymous (if you count middle names) creator of Hubert's, didn't know she was making dining history … —Peter Kaminsky, New York Times Book Review, 11 May 1997
Recent Examples of eponymous from the Web
Appearing on Thursday’s episode of Steve Harvey‘s eponymous talk show, Steve, Bellamy Young dished on the long-running ABC drama’s upcoming conclusion.
Wendy Williams announced a three-week break from her eponymous talk show — the first ever for its host.
In 2010, Modi launched an eponymous jewelry business branded NIRAV MODI, in capitals.
Snowball effect The crypto-chapter of Zug’s history began in earnest in 2013 when the Ethereum Foundation, a non-profit to support the development of the eponymous blockchain, based itself there.
This is the memorable work of pastry chef Mari Katsumura, daughter of the late, great Yoshi Katsumura of Lakeview's eponymous Yoshi's Cafe, a restaurant that occupies its own unforgotten corner of Chicago restaurant history.
In subsequent centuries, wealthy benefactors sponsored the construction of giant telescopes, such as James Lick who is buried underneath the concrete of his eponymous observatory on the summit of Mt. Hamilton near San Jose, California.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman just threw a wrench in Harvey Weinstein’s planned sale of his eponymous company.
Ellen DeGeneres is celebrating 60 rotations around the sun, which is why Chance the Rapper dropped by for a surprise visit to her eponymous talk show on Thursday.
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Did You Know?
It's no coincidence that "eponymous" has to do with naming - it comes to us from the Greek adjective epōnymos, which is itself from onyma, meaning "name." "Onyma" has lent its name to a number of English words, including "synonymous," "pseudonym," and "anonymous." Traditionally, an eponymous person or thing (i.e., an "eponym") might be a mythical ancestor or totem believed to be the source of a clan's name. Today, however, "eponymous" more typically refers to such individuals as the front man of "Theo's Trio" or the owner of "Sally's Restaurant" (Theo and Sally, respectively, of course). The things that are named for such name-providers are also "eponymous." For example, we can speak of "the eponymous 'Ed Sullivan Show'" as well as "the eponymous Ed Sullivan."
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