- The definition of a synonym is a word that means the same or nearly the same thing as another word.
An example of synonym is small and little.
- a word having the same or nearly the same meaning in one or more senses as another in the same language
- Biol. an incorrect taxonomic name
Origin of synonymMiddle English sinonyme ; from Classical Latin synonymum ; from Classical Greek synōnymon, of like meaning or like name ; from syn-, together + onyma, a name
- A word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or other words in a language.
- A word or expression that serves as a figurative or symbolic substitute for another: “Romeo has become a synonym for any youthful lover” (Harry Levin).
- Biology One of two or more scientific names that have been applied to the same species or other taxonomic group.
Origin of synonymMiddle English sinonyme, from Old French synonyme, from Latin synōnymum, from Greek sunōnumon, from neuter of sunōnumos, synonymous; see synonymous.
- syn′o·nym′ic, syn′o·nym′i·cal
- (semantics, with respect to a given word or phrase) A word or phrase with a meaning that is the same as, or very similar to, another word or phrase.
- "Happy" is a synonym of "glad".
- (zoology, with respect to a name for a given taxon) Any of the formal names for the taxon, including the valid name (i.e. the senior synonym).
- (botany, with respect to a name for a given taxon) Any name for the taxon, usually a validly published, formally accepted one, but often also an unpublished name.
- (databases) An alternative (often shorter) name defined for an object in a database.
From Middle English sinonyme, from Latin synōnymum, from Ancient Greek συνώνυμον (sunōnumon), neuter singular form of συνώνυμος (sunōnumos, “synonymous”), from σύν (sun, “with”) + ὄνομα (onoma, “name”).