#11. eponymous

(9 letters – 4 syllables)
(scrabble score – 16)
(first known use 1841)

: being or related to being or bearing the name of a eponym.
(Wolfram Alpha)

e‧pon‧y‧mous [only before noun]
the eponymous character in a book, film, or play is the character whose name is in its title.

From the word:

eponym (n.)
one whose name becomes that of a place, a people, an era, an institution, etc., 1833, from Greek eponymos “given as a name, giving one’s name to something,” as a plural noun (short for eponymoi heroes) denoting founders (legendary or real) of tribes, cities, etc.; from comb. form of epi “upon, (called) after,” (see epi-) + onyma, Aeolic dialectal variant of onoma “name” (see name (n.)


of, relating to, or being the person or thing for whom or which something is named : of, relating to, or being an eponym.

adjective epon·y·mous \i-ˈpä-nə-məs, e-\
of, relating to, or being the person or thing for whom or which something is named : of, relating to, or being an.

Related to eponymous

Examples of eponymous in a sentence:
“Cool Britannia,” which goes back to Ben and Jerry’s eponymous ice cream in Spring 1996, met its sell-by-date within weeks … —Harold Perkin, Times Literary Supplement, 18 Dec. 1998.

Karen Hubert Allison, the eponymous (if you count middle names) creator of Hubert’s, didn’t know she was making dining history … —Peter Kaminsky, New York Times Book Review, 11 May 1997
… Ramayana, an Indian epic which chronicles, in sixty thousand verses, the adventures of its eponymous hero Rama … —Leila Hadley, Give Me the World, (1958) 1999

Did You Know?
It’s no coincidence that “eponymous” has to do with naming – it comes to us from the Greek adjective epōnymos, which is itself from onyma, meaning “name.” “Onyma” has lent its name to a number of English words, including “synonymous,” “pseudonym,” and “anonymous.” Traditionally, an eponymous person or thing (i.e., an “eponym”) might be a mythical ancestor or totem believed to be the source of a clan’s name. Today, however, “eponymous” more typically refers to such individuals as the front man of “Theo’s Trio” or the owner of “Sally’s Restaurant”(Theo and Sally, respectively, of course). The things that are named for such name-providers are also “eponymous.” For example, we can speak of “the eponymous ‘Ed Sullivan Show'” as well as “the eponymous Ed Sullivan


1. (of a person) being the person after whom a literary work, film, etc, is named ⇒ the eponymous heroine in the film of Jane Eyre
2. (of a literary work, film, etc) named after its central character or creator ⇒ the Stooges’ eponymous debut album.
(Collins English Dictionary)

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