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

How much did President George Bush influence his son and namesake George W. Bush?

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Amazon is sure to have breakout deals on their namesake products including Echo devices, Fire Tablets and TVs, Kindle E-readers, and more. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "All the Amazon Prime Day 2018 Details We Know So Far," 12 June 2018 Wesley Willis’ pieces, for example, are detailed sketches of Chicago namesakes: the Chicago skyline, the Hancock tower. Morgan Smith,, "'Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow' celebrates outsider art, Chicago history," 29 June 2018 News also broke yesterday that Maier’s own namesake line would be separating from Kering, the holding corporation behind both Bottega Veneta and the Tomas Maier label. Vogue, "The 11 Menswear Moments That Mattered From the Spring 2019 Season," 26 June 2018 Although pizza is the first part of the school’s namesake, a variety of other culinary classes are offered at the academy for beginners to experts and covering everything from basic knife skills to artisanal baking and cuisine-specific explorations. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Chefs on a mission to make Lisle 'the mecca of the pizza world' with new academy," 23 June 2018 Keeley Duran won the Beatrice Hurlburt Memorial Prize, for displaying the same traits — leadership, service and selflessness — of the award’s namesake. Matthew Ormseth,, "The Ethel Walker School Mints 72 New Graduates; Speaker Urges Them To 'Find Your Crew'," 10 June 2018 But the sides that come with most of the Southern menu don’t have the horsepower to keep up, especially the hoppin’ John itself, the namesake union of black-eyed peas and rice. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Get the South out of your mouth at Hoppin’ John," 5 July 2018 Boqueria focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients, just like its namesake market. Robin Currie,, "Bring the tapas bar home with 'Boqueria'," 5 July 2018 Lufthansa and Swiss All of the Lufthansa Group Airlines—the namesake airline, Swiss, Austrian, and Belgian—started offering 'Economy Light' fares in May 2018. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "International Basic Economy: How Every Major Airline Compares," 5 July 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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