Definition of patronym in English:


Line breaks: patro|nym
Pronunciation: /ˈpatrənɪm


  • another term for patronymic.
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    • You are only its bearer, nothing more than the agent for the transmission of the patronym.
    • Denied his patronym, Jeremy is truly "illegitimate."
    • The second claimant is Joseph Conrad, who has already been mentioned under his patronym, Korzeniowski.


mid 19th century: via French patronyme 'family name' from Greek patrōnumos (see patronymic).

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