Definitions

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  • n. A name that is aptly suited to its owner.

Etymologies

Blend of apt and patronym (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This installment is brought to you by the word "aptronym," which means a name that uniquely suits its owner.

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  • The P-roductivity, EN-ergy and I-dustry S-ecretary didn ` t like his acronym but I have a new word I want to try “aptronym”.

    In A Sentence

  • This is a perfect example of an aptronym, a name that is suited to the profession of its owner.

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  • Perhaps it all calls for a helpfully reflective aptronym--or name--like that of tennis champion Anna Smashnova, the aptly titled Judge Learned Hand, or the former Archbishop of Manila, Jaime L.

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  • Perhaps it all calls for a helpfully reflective aptronym like that of tennis champion Anna Smashnova, the aptly titled Judge Learned Hand, or the former Archbishop of Manila, Jaime L.

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  • Outerbridge is an example of the perfectly well-suited name, or aptronym, and whether a person is eponym or aptronym can be a chicken-or-the-egg proposition.

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  • “The apt word you seek,” McQuain says, “is aptronym, said to be coined by the American newspaper columnist Franklin P.

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