name·​sake | \ ˈnām-ˌsāk How to pronounce namesake (audio) \

Definition of namesake

: one that has the same name as another especially : one who is named after another or for whom another is named His grandson and namesake is the spit and image of him … — Robert Graves

Examples of namesake in a Sentence

How much did President George Bush influence his son and namesake George W. Bush?
Recent Examples on the Web During the tour, Van der Veldt regaled me with stories of the Lewis & Clark expedition, Fort Astoria, the medicinal properties of the winery’s namesake Gaultheria shallon berry, Buddhism and more. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "A harmonious union of wine and chocolate in Astoria," 13 Feb. 2021 Waffles is a blue puppet with her namesake breakfast sticking out of fuzzy white hair, and her pal Mochi is a smiling little pink rice cake. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Savor the Adorable Waffles + Mochi Trailer, Starring Michelle Obama," 11 Feb. 2021 Budweiser won’t roll out the Clydesdales or advertise its namesake beer, but other products, like Bud Light, will be spotlighted. Chris Morris, Fortune, "How to watch Super Bowl LV live online for free—without cable," 7 Feb. 2021 Despite the trauma his family has endured, Moore wants to pass down that same boundless sense of possibility that his daughter’s namesake possessed. Los Angeles Times, "A Black reporter’s road trip to the inauguration — and a search for America’s ‘soul’," 7 Feb. 2021 Taking the Green New Deal’s namesake seriously would mean not just big spending programs and curbing corporate power but proactively building electoral coalitions that can endure through the years of work that decarbonization will entail. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Right to Work on a Hot Planet," 25 Jan. 2021 Trump, who frequently spent Sundays at his namesake golf club in northern Virginia, was not a regular churchgoer. Aamer Madhani, ajc, "Biden attends Mass at DC church where he worshipped as VP," 24 Jan. 2021 Dams and pollution long ago stripped the Pearl River of its namesake fish, the Pearl darter. Tristan Baurick,, "Lawsuit aims to force federal action before the Pearl River's namesake fish goes extinct," 23 Jan. 2021 The school also aims to continue the legacy of its namesake, who was Arthur's mother. Della Hasselle | Staff Writer,, "On the OneApp for next year: New Orleans' first charter school geared toward young men," 23 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of namesake

circa 1635, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for namesake

probably from name's sake

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21 Feb 2021

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“Namesake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of namesake

: someone or something that has the same name as another person or thing


name·​sake | \ ˈnām-ˌsāk How to pronounce namesake (audio) \

Kids Definition of namesake

: a person who has the same name as someone else and especially one named for another

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