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surname

noun

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1 a name shared by members of a family
  • judging from your surname, I'd guess that your family is Italian

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2 a descriptive or familiar name given instead of or in addition to the one belonging to an individual
  • "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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surname

verb

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The first known use of surname was in the 14th century

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“Surname.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/surname. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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