What Does Eponymous Mean? | Definition & Examples
Eponymous is an adjective used to describe a person or thing after which something is named (such as an inventor, discoverer, creator, or founder). It can also be used to describe the thing itself that has been named after someone or something.
In literary contexts, “eponymous” is often used to describe works that have been named after their protagonist (e.g., Jane Eyre).
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- What are some synonyms of “eponymous”?
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- How do I pronounce “eponymous”?
“Eponymous” has four syllables. It’s pronounced with an emphasis on the second syllable: [i-pon-uh-muss].
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