eponymous

adjective
epon·​y·​mous | \ i-ˈpä-nə-məs How to pronounce eponymous (audio) , 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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On Monday, the James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its eponymous awards. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is the Best Restaurant in America," 10 May 2019 Her eponymous line started in menswear, and soon expanded to womenswear. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meet Grace Wales Bonner, the Boundary-Breaking Designer Behind Meghan Markle's White Dress," 8 May 2019 Clearly, all the moving around worked (by now, both men had their own eponymous design firms): After about a year of dating, the two got engaged in April, 2013, and celebrated with friends in Machu Picchu. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Brief Timeline of Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent's Relationship," 3 May 2019 Played by Jay Hernandez, the series' eponymous lead tackles a new career in private investigation, with the original version's signature red Ferrari making a contemporary comeback. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "A Crazy 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Magnum, P.I.,' and 'MacGyver' Crossover Might Happen," 26 Apr. 2019 Her slouchy leather black kitten heel boots are from Neil J. Rodgers' eponymous line. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Look Is Money: How Three Fashion Editors Dress for Work," 19 Apr. 2019 Danish architect Bjarke Ingels—founder and creative partner of his eponymous firm, BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)—is well known for projects that defy convention. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Is Oceanix City by Bjarke Ingels the Real-Life Lost Continent of Atlantis?," 12 Apr. 2019 To stay red carpet-ready, stars like Kerry Washington turn to Erika Bloom and her eponymous studio, which boasts six locations worldwide. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "6 Celebrity-Favorite Fitness Studios in Los Angeles," 12 Apr. 2019 The biggest film among conservatives and antiabortion groups at the moment is Unplanned, a story based on the eponymous memoir of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood worker. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "What Unplanned Gets Wrong About Abortion, According to Experts," 11 Apr. 2019

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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- How to pronounce eponymous (audio) \

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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