last name


Definition of last name

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Synonyms for last name


family name, surname

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Examples of last name in a Sentence

His first name is John and his last name is Smith. please write your first name, middle initial, and last name at the top of the form

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Justin even appeared to give Shane a shoutout for the jersey, sparking speculation that the two have bonded over their shared last name. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Justin Bieber Cruises Around LA With 'Not Shane Bieber' Jersey," 28 Aug. 2019 Her costume consists of low-key office attire, but little props like a head set, reception sign, or ID badge (with her new last name, of course!) help pull this look together. Caylin Harris, Country Living, "The Best 'The Office' Costumes That Will Definitely Win You a Dundie This Halloween," 22 Aug. 2019 The idea was born of grumbling that arose from the U.S. Classic meet last month in Louisville, Ky., where Biles and her World Gymnastics Centre teammates wore leotards with their last names on the back. David Barron,, "gym0811," 10 Aug. 2019 Among those voices is 35-year-old NDWA organizer and former domestic worker Daniela, who declined to give her last name. Katelyn Burns, Teen Vogue, "The National Domestic Workers Alliance Is Seeking a Federal Bill of Rights From Congress," 17 July 2019 This is different from the men's matches, during which players are referred to only by their last names. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Wimbledon Will No Longer Address Female Players as ‘Miss,’ ‘Ms.,’ and ‘Mrs.’," 2 July 2019 James repeatedly calls Kristen by her first and last name while smoking a cigarette, James Dean-style. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "9 Dramatic 'Vanderpump Rules' Moments Nobody Can Ever Forget," 3 Dec. 2018 When the woman refuses to give her last name, the officer loses his patience. Amy S. Rosenberg,, "Police body-cam videos show violent arrest of woman at Wildwood beach: 'That's it. You're about to get dropped,' officer says," 30 May 2018 On Thursday, Carroll became the second-to-last name taken off the list. Rachel Swan,, "Missing woman turns up 238 days after deadly Camp Fire sparked," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of last name

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of last name was in 1897

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English Language Learners Definition of last name

: the name that comes at the end of someone's full name

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