Definition of byword in English:


Line breaks: by¦word
Pronunciation: /ˈbʌɪwəːd


  • 1A person or thing cited as a notable and outstanding example or embodiment of something: his name became a byword for luxury
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    • This site is becoming the byword for solid, objective commentary on technology companies for the growing number of technology stock investors.
    • In Edinburgh two years ago, he recognised the effect British rule in India had had in making the sub-continent a byword for electrical excellence, commenting that an expertly-installed fuse box must have been put in by an Indian.
    • The book, the title of which is now virtually a byword for political fanatics, explored the individual whose inner sense of worthlessness, confusion or rage seeks refuge and validating rebirth within a charismatic mass movement.
    perfect example of, classic case of, model of, exemplar of, embodiment of, incarnation of, personification of, epitome of, typification of; synonymous with
    rare avatar of
  • 1.1A word or expression summarizing a thing’s characteristics or a person’s principles: ‘Small is beautiful’ may be the byword for most couturiers
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    • Overall excellence for each has now become something of a byword on the music scene; in other words, the programme content is a display for some of the finest young talents around to do the works full justice.
    • ‘The ‘circumcision from Africa’ feature that we were defined by became a byword for all you'd satirise in a woman's magazine as earnest and worthy,’ she says.
    • The American Revolutionary's 1748 remark stands as a byword for industrial capitalism's hurry-up ethic.

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