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[uh-pon-uh-muh s] /əˈpɒn ə məs/
giving one's name to a tribe, place, etc.:
Romulus, the eponymous founder of Rome.
1840-50; < Greek epṓnymos giving name. See ep-, -onym, -ous
Related forms
eponymously, adverb Unabridged
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Examples for eponymous
  • Unfortunately, the intermediating minister baptizes the infant with the eponymous name, ensuring Tristram's unhappy destiny.
  • The book deals with the murder of its eponymous heroine.
  • His eponymous 2005 debut album drew critical praise and sold nearly half a million copies.
  • Its eponymous founder and chief executive denied any intention to acquire either of its competitors.
  • It is a fictionalised biography of the eponymous German actress and singer.
  • The eponymous giant builds a high wall to keep children from playing in his lush garden.
  • That's the sentiment of the eponymous sourpuss, who can't stand the doting of his owner, a blissfully happy girl named Emily.
  • The eponymous hero has a gift for mimicry.
  • Leon designs the store's eponymous men's line with his sartorial needs in mind.
  • The eponymous young heroine of that book seized responsibility for the life her father had destroyed.
British Dictionary definitions for eponymous


(of a person) being the person after whom a literary work, film, etc, is named the eponymous heroine in the film of Jane Eyre
(of a literary work, film, etc) named after its central character or creator the Stooges' eponymous debut album
Derived Forms
eponymously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for eponymous
1846, from Gk. eponymos "given as a name, giving one's name to something," from epi- "upon" + onyma, Aeolic dial. variant of onoma "name" (see name).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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