- 1A person or thing cited as a notable and outstanding example or embodiment of something: his name became a byword for luxuryMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A word or expression summarizing a thing’s characteristics or a person’s principles: ‘Small is beautiful’ may be the byword for most couturiersMore example sentences
- 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.