syn·​on·​y·​mous | \sə-ˈnä-nə-məs \

Definition of synonymous 

1 : having the character of a synonym also : alike in meaning or significance

2 : having the same connotations, implications, or reference to runners, Boston is synonymous with marathonRunners World

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In both Coven and in Apocalypse, American Horror Story toyed around with the idea of witchcraft being synonymous with female power. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable," 18 Nov. 2018 Yet to many, Route 66 remained synonymous with the most precious American paragon: top-down, wind-in-your-hair freedom. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Long Live Route 66," 19 July 2018 Texas was once synonymous with the expansive version of Republicanism pursued by the Bushes and Rick Perry, a strand more concerned with taking care of business than with fighting culture wars or kicking out immigrants. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 12 July 2018 Her employees kept up that pace during the past three years, and Ebby Halliday Realtors remains synonymous with home sales in Dallas-Fort Worth. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Ebby Halliday Realtors is huge in home sales, and now it's being sold to Warren Buffett | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 May 2018 The villains of the show, then, are those who attempt to quash the witches’ power, and their desire to kill off the witches becomes synonymous with misogyny. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable," 18 Nov. 2018 Ballet dancers became synonymous with corruption and degeneracy. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Little Dancer Aged Fourteen’ Review: Rat-Girl of the Paris Opera," 16 Nov. 2018 Eventually his store became synonymous with a kind of ostentatious Hollywood glamour—the L.A. of Alfred Bloomingdale and the Gabor sisters and the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Maer Roshan, Town & Country, "In Beverly Hills and Beyond, Bijan Carries on a Tradition of Excess and Exclusivity," 22 Oct. 2018 Bolstering its online presence and streamlining the in-store experience makes sense for the retailer, whose name has become synonymous with jokes about couple breakups and mental breakdowns. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ikea is experimenting with small-format stores in cities," 25 July 2018

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First Known Use of synonymous

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of synonymous

: having the same meaning

: strongly suggesting a particular idea, quality, etc. : very strongly associated with something


syn·​on·​y·​mous | \sə-ˈnä-nə-məs \

Kids Definition of synonymous

: alike in meaning

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