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?

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During the annual Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show, a yellow Chrysanthemum was unveiled bearing his namesake. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royal Baby Archie Already Has a Flower Named After Him," 30 May 2019 The unit, called Budweiser Brewing Company APAC Ltd., produces, imports and sells more than 50 beer brands including its namesake Budweiser, Stella Artois, Corona, Hoegaarden and others. P.r. Venkat, WSJ, "Budweiser Brewer Plans $7 Billion Hong Kong IPO," 10 May 2019 However, all three programs have one major unifying component (aside from being fan favorites)—they've actually aired as 21st century revivals of their namesakes. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "A Crazy 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Magnum, P.I.,' and 'MacGyver' Crossover Might Happen," 26 Apr. 2019 Kiernan Shipka-as-Sabrina's hair is now the iconic white of her comic book namesake. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 5 Apr. 2019 Like the topography of its namesake, this green mana exudes raw natural energy, relying on aggressive buffs and all manner of beasts, elves, and druids of the wood to bring you victory. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 The vitamin C serum is packed with its namesake ingredient, as well as antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Does KylieSkin Care Live Up To The Hype?," 22 May 2019 Keeping with tradition, each new member of the royal family receives a namesake variety of chrysanthemum, reportedly in a nod to the flowers that decorated Westminster Abbey on Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's wedding day in 1947. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Archie Harrison Is the Latest Member of the Royal Family to Have a Flower Named After Him," 22 May 2019 The tiny namesake tattoo is a few inches above Jenner's elbow, according to her Instagram Story video. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Reveals That Her New Tattoo Is Dedicated to Her Daughter Stormi Webster," 17 May 2019

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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 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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