name·​sake | \ ˈnām-ˌsāk \

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

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Selvin Brown opened his namesake restaurant, the first in the region, in 1982. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "An Artists’ Guide to the Paradisiacal Beach Town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica," 2 Jan. 2019 For another, there’s a much better series waiting to happen: an anime adaptation of Blade Runner’s namesake novel, The Bladerunner. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The best Blade Runner anime would have nothing to do with Blade Runner," 2 Dec. 2018 The company says the Odysseus will be ready for its first flight in 2019—and hopes that its travels won't be as troublesome as those of its namesake Greek hero. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Odysseus, the Solar-Powered Aircraft That Can Fly for Months," 15 Nov. 2018 Kendall and Kylie Jenner spent the weekend together, on set to shoot new images for their namesake Kendall + Kylie collection. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kendall and Kylie Jenner Wore Matching White Bras on Set," 29 Oct. 2018 Prince Harry and Lydia's adorable moment wasn't the only dose of royal PDA that fans got during the duke and duchess's trip to their namesake Sussex. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Happy Thursday: Prince Harry Just a Kissed a Royal Fan," 4 Oct. 2018 And ahead of their first royal tour later this month, Meghan and Harry are visiting their namesake of Sussex together for the first time. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Arrives in Sussex Wearing a Chic Leather Skirt and Nude Heels," 3 Oct. 2018 While co-hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost were delivering their opening monologue, Che cracked a joke about Laurie Metcalf's Emmy nomination for the embattled Roseanne revival, which was canceled after its namesake Roseanne Barr sent a racist tweet. Lynsey Eidell, Allure, "Chrissy Teigen's Epic Facial Expression Just Won the 2018 Emmy Awards," 17 Sep. 2018 Anderson, too, whether at his namesake brand or at Loewe, has made a habit of celebrating his influences, bringing artists from David Wojnarowicz to William Morris back to life. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson Is Obsessed With Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and Soon You Will Be Too," 12 Nov. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of namesake

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


name·​sake | \ ˈnām-ˌsāk \

Kids Definition of namesake

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

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