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matronymic

Line breaks: matro|nym¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌmatrəˈnɪmɪk
 
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(also metronymic /ˌmɛtrəˈnɪmɪk/)

Definition of matronymic in English:

noun

A name derived from the name of a mother or female ancestor.
Example sentences
  • It is interesting that their usual surnames are all patronymics or matronymics, rather than the locatives that would be more likely were any of the four from immigrant families.

adjective

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Denoting or relating to a name derived from the name of a mother or female ancestor.

Origin

late 18th century: from Latin mater, matr- 'mother', on the pattern of patronymic.

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