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 The square’s former namesake was Governor Thomas Dudley , a cofounder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Laura Crimaldi,, "Residents contemplate the future of Nubian Square," 18 Jan. 2020 Olga Leonard joined the exclusive club of school namesakes Jan. 16 in the Katy Independent School District when administrators, trustees and educators gathered to dedicate the elementary named after her. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "School namesake compares honor to ‘the cherry on top’," 17 Jan. 2020 The Pau Pau brings a touch of citrus and the floral lilt of violette liqueur; the Abricot Bulles is like an Aperol spritz bolstered by its namesake fruit; and the Flowers of Boredom is a thick, orgeat-laced blend of pear and elderflower. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "What to know before you go to Josephine, Tuck Shop owner's new Roosevelt Row restaurant," 17 Jan. 2020 Buford Dam Road crosses its namesake dam and connects Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. David Ibata, ajc, "Buford Dam Road at Lanier to be closed for repairs," 16 Jan. 2020 The easiest way to get a dose of the Unionist/Protestant side is to walk Sandy Row, the namesake street of Belfast's oldest residential neighborhood. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Booming Belfast: See how Northern Irish capital went from Titanic to Troubles to 'Thrones'," 16 Jan. 2020 Keep your eyes peeled for bursts of alpine wildflowers, elusive moose, and the valley’s namesake coyote. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "The 25 Best Accessible Trails in America," 15 Jan. 2020 Restaurant namesake Jacques Chaumet still owns the building. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mobay Cafe, a Caribbean restaurant, is coming to Walker's Point in Milwaukee," 14 Jan. 2020 Gustave Eiffel designed his namesake tower for the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "What we can learn about modern financial scams from the man who tried to sell the Eiffel Tower—twice," 14 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of namesake was circa 1635

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22 Jan 2020

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“Namesake.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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