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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If Drake isn’t as chill as his album’s namesake, then what gives? Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Drake’s Scorpion, as Explained by an Astrologer and an Entomologist," 3 July 2018 Just months after Prince William and Kate Middleton honored Prince Charles by naming their newborn son, Louis Arthur Charles, the royal just received another special namesake: a bridge! Simon Perry,, "Prince Charles Just Had Something Special Named in His Honor (in Addition to Baby Louis, of Course!)," 2 July 2018 Most recently, Michael Mina decided to pivot his namesake restaurant on California Street into a Middle Eastern concept. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Palo Alto’s wildly popular Oren’s Hummus mini-chain is expanding to SF," 12 June 2018 Staying consistent with Bacquet’s menus over the years, the primary focus at his new namesake restaurant is decidedly on homespun French cuisine. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Idaho chef Bacquet is back again, this time featuring European fare in Eagle," 8 June 2018 Four years later, Miss Brennan was ousted from her family’s namesake restaurant after a dispute with her brother’s widow. Washington Post, "Ella Brennan, matriarch of New Orleans restaurant family, dies at 92," 2 June 2018 De Laurentiis opened Pronto by Giada at Caesars Palace in February, four years after opening her namesake restaurant at The Cromwell. Julekha Dash, USA TODAY, "Inside Giada De Laurentiis' new Baltimore restaurant," 25 May 2018 Opened in 2012 by the chef-owner Olesia Butano, her namesake restaurant has quietly established itself as one of the best fine dining restaurants on the south side. Laura Demarco,, "Olesia's Place: Old World cuisine with modern American flair (review)," 22 Mar. 2018 Varanese owns his namesake restaurant, Varanese, on Frankfort Avenue, as well as two riverfront establishments, River House Restaurant & Raw Bar and Levee at the River House. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "You can help flooded Louisville restaurants recover this weekend at these concerts," 9 Mar. 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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