- The definition of synonymous is something that has similar meaning to something else.
An example of synonymous is little or small.
Origin: ML synonymus from Glassical Greek synōnymos: see synonym
- synonymously adverb
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- Having the same or a similar meaning: synonymous words.
- Equivalent in connotation: “a widespread impression that . . . Hollywood was synonymous with immorality” (Doris Kearns Goodwin).
Origin: From Medieval Latin synōnymus, from Greek sunōnumos : sun-, syn- + onoma, onuma, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots.
- syn·onˈy·mous·ly adverb