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
More example sentences
- 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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early 17th century: via late Latin from Greek patrōnumikos, from patrōnumos, from patēr, patr- 'father' + onuma 'name'.
Definition of patronymic in:
- The US English dictionary