name·​ly | \ ˈnām-lē How to pronounce namely (audio) \

Definition of namely

: that is to say : to wit

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Synonyms for namely


scilicet, to wit, videlicet

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Examples of namely in a Sentence

there's always one person stuck with cleaning up the mess, namely me

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Portraits of two icons of pulchritude hang on the walls—namely, Marilyn Monroe and the very 2019 version of Marilyn: Cardi. Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Opens Up About Her "Rags to Riches" Cinderella Story," 7 Feb. 2019 Garavani’s monochromatic debut lead him into decades of dreaming up spectacular clothing, not only in the ready-to-wear category but namely, in haute couture. Vogue, "16 of The Most Spectacular Valentino Couture Looks of All Time," 18 Jan. 2019 Arnault has also introduced new product categories—namely an especially good-looking iPhone case, which quickly sold out—and has made managerial alterations too, like pulling out of wholesale. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Overhauling Heritage (With an Edge of Clever Hype): A Conversation with Rimowa CEO Alexandre Arnault," 27 Feb. 2019 The episode leaves more questions than answers, namely the identity and intentions behind the account. Eli Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "How anonymous tweets helped ignite a national controversy over MAGA hat teens," 23 Jan. 2019 The criticism was lead by a few black artists, namely, Princess Nokia and Soulja Boy. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All the Backlash Ariana Grande Has Faced Following the “7 Rings” Music Video," 22 Jan. 2019 As the years progressed, Ty was responsible for some of Beyonce's most iconic looks, namely her 2015 Met Gala naked dress, many of her videos and of course her tour looks. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "The Unexpected Way Ty Hunter Became Beyoncé's Go-to Stylist," 7 Jan. 2019 Vionic also makes great winter gear, namely these cozy-lookin' boots with faux-fur trim. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes, According to Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 Her question reflected a conventional Republican gripe, namely that the State Department is a cooing dovecote, full of apologists for Abroad. The Economist, "The president has had enough of being challenged over foreign policy," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of namely

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of namely

used when giving exact information about something you have already mentioned


name·​ly | \ ˈnām-lē How to pronounce namely (audio) \

Kids Definition of namely

: that is to say We studied the cat family, namely, lions, tigers, and related animals.

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