Definition of patronymic in English:


Line breaks: patro|nym¦ic
Pronunciation: /patrəˈnɪmɪk


  • A name derived from the name of a father or ancestor, e.g. Johnson, O’Brien, Ivanovich: a patronymic derived from the name of their original lordship
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    • Adult acquaintances and casual friends usually talk to each other using the first name combined with the patronymic.
    • Thus, everyone has a patronymic, or father's name.
    • They were always smart and neatly dressed, and always called each other - in public - by their first name and patronymic.


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  • Denoting or relating to a name derived from the name of a father or male ancestor: the patronymic naming of children


early 17th century: via late Latin from Greek patrōnumikos, from patrōnumos, from patēr, patr- 'father' + onuma 'name'.

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