in name only

Definition of in name only

  1. —used to describe a person, thing, or action that does not have the qualities that its name suggests She's my boss in name only. We're really more like partners. a friend in name only For many years, the Emperor ruled in name only.

Word by Word Definitions

nameplay
  1. :  a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing

    :  a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity

    :  a descriptive often disparaging epithet

  1. :  to give a name to :  call

    :  to mention or identify by name

    :  to accuse by name

  1. :  of, relating to, or bearing a name

    :  appearing in the name of a literary or theatrical production

    :  having an established reputation

onlyplay
  1. :  unquestionably the best :  peerless

    :  alone in a class or category :  sole

    :  having no brother or sister

  1. :  as a single fact or instance and nothing more or different :  merely

    :  solely, exclusively

    :  at the very least

  1. :  with the restriction that :  but

    :  and yet :  however

    :  were it not that :  except


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