Definition of patronymic in English:

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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
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.


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'.

Words that rhyme with patronymic

bulimic, gimmick, metronymic, mimic, pantomimic

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