Definition of matronymic in English:

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matronymic

Pronunciation: /ˌmatrəˈnɪmɪk/
(also metronymic /ˌmɛtrəˈnɪmɪk/)

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

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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