syn·​on·​y·​mous sə-ˈnä-nə-məs How to pronounce synonymous (audio)
: having the character of a synonym
also : alike in meaning or significance
: having the same connotations, implications, or reference
to runners, Boston is synonymous with marathonRunners World
synonymously adverb

Examples of synonymous in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of synonymous was in 1610

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“Synonymous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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syn·​on·​y·​mous sə-ˈnän-ə-məs How to pronounce synonymous (audio)
: alike in meaning
: suggesting the same thing
a brand name that is synonymous with quality
synonymously adverb

from Latin synonymus "synonymous," from Greek synōnymos, literally, "having the same name," from syn- "together, along with" and onyma, onoma "name" — related to anonymous, symposium, synagogue, synchronous

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