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surname

noun sur·name \ ˈsər-ˌnām \
Updated on: 25 May 2018
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
: to give a surname to

First Known Use of surname

15th century

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SURNAME Defined for English Language Learners

surname

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


SURNAME Defined for Kids

surname

noun sur·name \ ˈsər-ˌnām \
: the name that comes at the end of someone's full name
  • James Smith's surname is Smith.


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