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patronym Line breaks: patro|nym
Pronunciation: /ˈpatrənɪm/

Definition of patronym in English:


Another term for patronymic.
Example sentences
  • 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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