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

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

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In addition to her friendship with William and Kate, Rose's grandmother and namesake Lady Rose Lambert was a bridesmaid in Queen Elizabeth's wedding to Prince Philip. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley?," 25 Mar. 2019 During their visit to their namesake British county on Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent time chatting and joking with royal family fans who’d come out in their thousands to catch a glimpse of the couple. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Both Often Break This Unofficial Royal Protocol," 3 Oct. 2018 Campbell is at a crossroads in its 150-year history, as consumers have turned away from its namesake canned soups and the company’s pivot to fresher foods hasn’t panned out. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Third Point Aims to Replace Campbell Soup’s Entire Board," 7 Sep. 2018 Chocolatier and cookbook author Valerie Gordon’s namesake dessert shop will hold a pop-up pie shop called Pie & Lemonade on July 3. Sara Cagle,, "Where to pick up pie for the Fourth of July," 27 June 2018 Nigerian designer Kenneth Ize founded his namesake brand in 2013. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "This Year’s LVMH Prize Finalists Focus In On Sustainability In Fashion," 27 Mar. 2019 Today, it was announced that the reclusive designer who departed his namesake brand in 2009 would be a judge for the 2019 ANDAM Prize. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Elusive No More, Martin Margiela Will Judge This Year’s ANDAM Prize," 20 Mar. 2019 The designer, who was 85 years old, led a prolific career in fashion, most notably in his work as creative director at Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Fashion World Mourns The Loss of Karl Lagerfeld," 19 Feb. 2019 The namesake brand, Trinchero Napa Valley, recently opened a new tasting room by local designer Erin Martin, the final phase of a $36 million investment in the property. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 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 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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