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 Voters waited in long lines to vote for Marcos, the son and namesake of the country's late dictator, in a show of support for his family. Harold Maass, The Week, 10 May 2022 Marcos Jr is the son and namesake of former authoritarian leader Ferdinand Marcos Sr, whose 21-year rule was marked by human rights abuses and plunder of the state coffers. Helen Regan, CNN, 9 May 2022 While Mary Lou Williams gets plenty of lip service — the subject of biographies and documentaries, the namesake of nonprofits and university buildings — her actual music gets shorter shrift. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 Recently, their main subject — the namesake for their school — thrust them into an unfamiliar, overwhelming spotlight. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 2 May 2022 Coach David Mehlhorn sat in the press box above Valley Christian High School’s stadium and track in Chandler in early April and reflected on the namesake of the Al Nelson Invitational, his program’s upcoming meet. Drew Schott, The Arizona Republic, 30 Apr. 2022 This was the namesake for our continent’s tallest mountain. Bonnie Mcgill, Scientific American, 22 Apr. 2022 Then, the group carefully got together for practices, along with Moran’s dog Maybelline (the namesake of the album), working through the songs. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2022 Although the namesake Tenderoni pie (red sauce, mozzarella and Fontina, and pepperoni) is a good thing, the white mushroom pie is the sleeper hit, with Taleggio, Gorgonzola, roasted mushrooms, and kale and pumpkin seed pesto. Globe Staff,, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Namesake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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