from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or derived from the name of one's father or a paternal ancestor.
- n. A name so derived.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Derived from ancestors; as, a patronymic denomination.
- n. name acquired from one's father's, grandfather's or earlier male ancestor's first name. Some cultures use a patronymic where other cultures use a surname or family name; other cultures (like Russia) use both a patronymic and a surname.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Derived from ancestors.
- n. A modification of the father's name borne by the son; a name derived from that of a parent or ancestor; ; also, the surname of a family; the family name.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Derived from or constituting the name of a father or ancestor.
- n. A name derived from that of parents or ancestors: as, Tydides, the son of Tydeus; Pelides, the son of Peleus; Fitzwilliam, the son of William; Williamson, the son of William; Pavlovitch, the son of Paul; Macdonald, the son of Donald; in general use, a, family name; a surname. The usual Anglo-Saxon patronymic ending was -ing (see -ing).
- In anthropology, relating to that form of society in which the child takes its name from the father's family, or in which the child is reckoned as a member of the paternal family.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or derived from a personal or family name
- n. a family name derived from name of your father or a paternal ancestor (especially with an affix (such as -son in English or O'- in Irish) added to the name of your father or a paternal ancestor)
Late Latin patrōnymicus, from Greek patrōnumikos, from patrōnumos, named after one's father : patēr, patr-, father + onuma, name; see nŏ̄-men- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek πατήρ (patēr, "father") + ὄνομα (onoma, "name"). (Wiktionary)