Eponym meaning

ĕpə-nĭm
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A person whose name has become identified with some period, movement, theory, etc.
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Eponym is defined as the person for whom a discovery or other thing is defined as named.

An example of an eponym is Walt Disney for whom Disneyland is named.

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A word or name derived from a proper noun. The words atlas, bowdlerize, denim, and Turing machine are eponyms.
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A word formed from a real or fictive person’s name.

Rome is an eponym of Romulus.

Alzheimer's disease, boycott, Columbia, stentorian, sandwich and Victorian are examples of eponyms.

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The name of a real or fictitious person whose name has, or is thought to have, given rise to the name of a particular item.

Romulus is the eponym of Rome.

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One whose name is or is thought to be the source of the name of something.

Alexander Garden is the eponym of the gardenia.

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A real or mythical person from whose name the name of a nation, institution, etc. is derived.

Sir William Penn, father of William Penn, is the eponym of Pennsylvania.

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A noun or name derived from a person's name (Ex.: Jacksonville after Andrew Jackson; seaborgium after Glenn T. Seaborg; Lou Gehrig's disease)
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Origin of eponym

  • French éponyme from Greek epōnumos named after epi- epi- onoma, onuma name nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἐπώνυμος (epōnumos), from ἐπί (epi, “upon”) + ὄνυμα (onuma), Aeolic variant of ὄνομα (onoma, “name”). See -onym.

    From Wiktionary