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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
Most recently, Blessing was seen as Jack Powers, who with his brother Mel (Mark Tymchyshyn) owned the Powers Aviation business that employed Lopez's character, on the comic's eponymous 2002–07 ABC sitcom.
The eponymous maw of the largemouth bass — and the fish’s ability to suck prey into that gaping gullet in a rapacious strike — are part of the lore and legend of the bass to the many anglers who pursue it.
Latif Al Ani, an eponymous photo book by an Iraqi photographer, portrays a much different Iraq.
Nor is this the first such suggestion: fictionalized versions of Barnum’s life, including the eponymous 1980 Broadway musical, have often relied on the tension of a man torn between his steady, Puritan wife and an exotic European songstress.
The world mourned David Cassidy, the teen idol known for his role in The Partridge Family; Mary Tyler Moore, the beloved star of her eponymous 1970s sitcom; and Tom Petty, the iconic singer-songwriter who forever changed American music.
The Night Fairy Adapted from the eponymous book by Laura Amy Schlitz, Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s play tells the story of a fairy who’s lost her wings.
However, the eponymous LP’s 13 tracks are anything but empty, sporting marquee features like A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, Desiigner and Damon Albarn.
Plays: Latin rock, blues rock Guitars: Right. Sings: Yes. Broke out: Aug. 6, 1969, when his eponymous band played Woodstock.
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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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