American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or other words in a language.
- n. A word or an expression that serves as a figurative or symbolic substitute for another.
- n. Biology A scientific name of an organism or of a taxonomic group that has been superseded by another name at the same rank.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word having the same signification as another; one of two or more words which have the same meaning; by extension, a word having nearly the same meaning as another; one of two or more words which in use cover to a considerable extent the same ground: the opposite of antonym.
- n. A word of one language which corresponds in meaning with a word in another language. See heteronym, 2, paronym, 2, and the quotation from Camden under synonymize.
- n. In natural history, a systematic name having the same, or approximately the same, meaning or application as another which has superseded it; a technical name which, by the rules of nomenclature, is not tenable. The question of the acceptance of a generic or a specific name depends upon the law of priority.
- n. semantics, with respect to a given word or phrase A word or phrase with a meaning that is the same as, or very similar to, another word or phrase.
- n. zoology, with respect to a name for a given taxon Any of the formal names for the taxon, including the valid name (i.e. the senior synonym).
- n. botany, with respect to a name for a given taxon Any name for the taxon, usually a validly published, formally accepted one, but often also an unpublished name.
- n. databases An alternative (often shorter) name defined for an object in a database.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One of two or more words (commonly words of the same language) which are equivalents of each other; one of two or more words which have very nearly the same signification, and therefore may often be used interchangeably. See under synonymous.
- n. An incorrect or incorrectly applied scientific name, as a new name applied to a species or genus already properly named, or a specific name preoccupied by that of another species of the same genus; -- so used in the system of nomenclature (which see) in which the correct scientific names of certain natural groups (usually genera, species, and subspecies) are regarded as determined by priority.
- n. Rare One of two or more words corresponding in meaning but of different languages; a heteronym.
- n. two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context
- From Middle English sinonyme, from Latin synōnymum, from Ancient Greek συνώνυμον (sunōnumon), neuter singular form of συνώνυμος (sunōnumos, "synonymous"), from σύν ("with") + ὄνομα ("name"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sinonyme, from Old French synonyme, from Latin synōnymum, from Greek sunōnumon, from neuter of sunōnumos, synonymous; see synonymous. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“While the zoot suit eventually attained widespread popularity in the mainstream, it also became a pejorative synonym for "Mexican" on the West Coast as some Americans took umbrage at so many able-bodied young men who were not "helping to win the war.”
“While toilet and lavatory have discarded their original meanings, terms such as bog retained their original meanings (` a marshy place ') as well as being understood in Britain as a slang synonym for a toilet; it achieved an entry in Hotten's dictionary as early as 1864 as "a privy as distinguished from a water-closet.”
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“April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and, to kick things off, I’d like to take issue with the growing prevalence of the word “rape” as a slang synonym for “dominated”, “rocked’, or “killed”.”
“J. 363 2001)) "states' rights" is used as a pejorative synonym for federalism by people who oppose it, not by people who believe in and advance federalism, subsidiarity and the like.”
“The Hawthornes made up this stupid thing called the synonym game back when Emma and Darcy were little.”
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