Definition of surname in English:

surname

Line breaks: sur|name
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːneɪm
 
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noun

  • 1A hereditary name common to all members of a family, as distinct from a forename or given name: he changed his surname from Kaye to Kasmin
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    • Many people who have Hispanic surnames are not Hispanic.
    • At least half of them share the same surname.
    • Wu then adopted the child, who had her surname changed to Wu and currently lives with her biological mother.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 archaic A name, title, or epithet added to a person’s name, especially one indicating their birthplace or a particular quality or achievement: Simeon of the pillar, by surname Stylites
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    • Not long after their arrival there, Mateo was referred to by another title - his surname changed from Ortega to DiBaena, in reference to their home town.

verb

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  • Give a surname to: Eddie Penham, so aptly surnamed, had produced a hand-painted sign for us
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    • One citizen, surnamed Xie, said he was driving along Hutai Lu at midnight on December 10 last year and stopped at a red light.
    • A man in his 50s surnamed Wang spent three days in one agency.
    • One of the two victims, a man surnamed Jin, was rescued.

Origin

Middle English: partial translation of Anglo-Norman French surnoun, suggested by medieval Latin supernomen.

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