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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His namesake William Ford, father of company founder Henry Ford, was originally from Cork, Ireland. Daniel Bentley, Fortune, "Ford Returns to Its Ancestral Home With Purchase of Detroit Landmark," 22 June 2018 According to Andrew Lawler at Smithsonian, researchers often ignored the fabled city founded by Alexander the Great and ruled over by his close advisor Ptolemy and his descendants after its namesake’s death. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ptolemic-Era Black Granite Sarcophagus Discovered in Alexandria," 5 July 2018 Funds were raised through a membership drive and various marketing stunts, trying to sell the Lincoln Highway as a means to unite the country, much like its namesake. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "10 Streets that Changed America," 5 July 2018 More than 10,000 of his namesake B-25 Mitchell bombers were made by North American Aviation between 1939 and 1945. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Broken wing of Mitchell bomber monument at Milwaukee airport in need of repair," 5 July 2018 The real Rob Gronkowski owns a share in his horse racing namesake and was at the Belmont Stakes to watch the horse finish second at the Belmont Stakes. Jenna West,, "Gronkowski Owners Buy New Race Horse, Name Him 'LeBron J'," 3 July 2018 Kansas City’s first female mayor finally has her permanent city namesake. Conner Mitchell, kansascity, "Kay Barnes’ ‘enormous impact’ on KC honored at her ballroom dedication," 29 June 2018 Saunders, 25, graduated from the Royal College of Art last year and launched her namesake label this past month. New York Times, "Brand to Know: An Emerging Line That Explores Black Masculinity," 19 June 2018 To wind down after your visit, stop by Tacos & Tequila in the atrium – true to its namesake, the eatery serves up a stellar variety of both offerings. Kim Windyka, Daily Intelligencer, "The 9 Best Offbeat Museums to Visit in Las Vegas," 16 June 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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