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surname

noun sur·name \ ˈsər-ˌnām \

Definition of surname

1 :an added name derived from occupation or other circumstance :nickname 1
2 :the name borne in common by members of a family

Examples of surname in a Sentence

  1. judging from your surname, I'd guess that your family is Italian

  2. “da Vinci” was Leonardo's surname but not his family name, Vinci being the town near Florence where the great artist was born

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First Known Use of surname

14th century

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surname

verb

Definition of surname

transitive verb
:to give a surname to

First Known Use of surname

15th century


SURNAME Defined for English Language Learners

surname

noun

Definition of surname for English Language Learners

  • : the name that is shared by the people in a family


SURNAME Defined for Kids

surname

noun sur·name \ ˈsər-ˌnām \

Definition of surname for Students

:the name that comes at the end of someone's full name
  • James Smith's surname is Smith.


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