Synonym meaning

sĭnə-nĭm
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A word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or other words in a language.
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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.

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(biology) One of two or more scientific names that have been applied to the same species or other taxonomic group.
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A word or expression that serves as a figurative or symbolic substitute for another.
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A word having the same or nearly the same meaning in one or more senses as another in the same language.
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(biology) One of two or more scientific names that have been applied to the same species or other taxonomic group.
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(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".

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(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).
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(databases) An alternative (often shorter) name defined for an object in a database.
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(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a name for a given taxon) Any name for the taxon, usually a validly published, formally accepted one, but often also an unpublished name.
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An incorrect taxonomic name.
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Origin of synonym

  • Middle English sinonyme from Old French synonyme from Latin synōnymum from Greek sunōnumon from neuter of sunōnumos synonymous synonymous

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

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary