eponymous

adjective
epon·y·mous | \i-ˈpä-nə-məs, e-\

Definition of eponymous 

: of, relating to, or being the person or thing for whom or which something is named : of, relating to, or being an eponym

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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."

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
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The son of renown Blues artist Keb' Mo' is gearing up to unleash his eponymous debut EP later this month (July 27). Michael Saponara, Billboard, "K Roosevelt Signs With Def Jam, Premieres New 'Adrenaline' Video: Exclusive," 13 July 2018 The musical narrative coalesces with interpretive choreography, including an appearance by Los Angeles krump artist Qwenga as the eponymous fox, stalking the halls of an ancient Noh theater. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "Watch Kenzo’s Dreamy Reimagining of an Ancient Japanese Folktale," 13 July 2018 Potential new customers have to go through an email process with the head office to see if the mane man can squeeze you in at his eponymous salon in London’s cool Fitzrovia. PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Has a New Hairdresser in Her Glam Squad and His Signature Look Is 'Perfect for Her'," 12 July 2018 The 1845 discovery of Poland Spring spawned both the eponymous bottled water business as well as a spa hotel with the oldest resort golf course in America. Patricia Harris And David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 To move his eponymous California Street restaurant into the future, Michael Mina is looking back to his childhood. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Michael Mina’s flagship restaurant shifts to Middle Eastern theme," 29 May 2018 Paula Deen's eponymous Family Kitchen restaurant celebrated the opening of a new location in the Bass Pro Shops at the RIM shopping center—the country’s first. Southern Living, "Paula Deen Opens a New Restaurant Inside a San Antonio Bass Pro Shop," 30 Apr. 2018 Owner Sabina Bandera, who has operated her street cart La Guerrerense since 1960, opened her eponymous restaurant just two years ago. Peter Cheng, Los Angeles Magazine, "Mexican-Food Expert Bill Esparza Has Curated Cruise Excursions That Are a Gastronome’s Dream," 23 Apr. 2018 Ivanka modeled, ran her eponymous clothing and jewelry business, and worked closely with her father at the Trump Organization and on The Apprentice. Nicola Pardy, refinery29.com, "Before Ivanka Trump, There Was Julie Nixon," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of eponymous

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eponymous

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eponymous

adjective
epon·y·mous | \i-ˈpän-ə-məs, e- \

Medical Definition of eponymous 

: of, relating to, or named after an eponym those eponymous genetic conditions…such as…Friedreich's ataxia— R. O. Brady

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