Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having the same or a similar meaning: synonymous words.
  • adj. Equivalent in connotation: "a widespread impression that . . . Hollywood was synonymous with immorality” ( Doris Kearns Goodwin).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having a similar meaning
  • adj. of, or being a synonym
  • adj. Such that both its forms yield the same sequenced protein.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the character of a synonym; expressing the same thing; conveying the same, or approximately the same, idea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the character of a synonym; expressing the same idea; equivalent in meaning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of words) meaning the same or nearly the same

Etymologies

From Medieval Latin synōnymus, from Greek sunōnumos : sun-, syn- + onoma, onuma, name.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It's a label synonymous with everything posh: flawless fabric, a historic design archive and top-drawer clients.

    Federico Pratesi, King of Sheets

  • It is the name synonymous with the nation's favourite sauce and one of the best-known brands in the world.

    Heinz left playing tomato catch-up after ketchup tasting trouncing

  • Soon, he would embark on the movies that would make his name synonymous with spectacle and display, movies that portrayed elemental human passions amidst settings of such splendidly enlarged dimensions that they could fire the imaginations of the dullest member of the audience.

    Empire of Dreams

  • Most notably, Area 2 had been home to Detective Jon Burge, a name synonymous in the city with torture in interrogations.

    Long Way Home

  • He could imagine what it might be like, a new ruler who suddenly finds himself confronted by a name synonymous with the darkest evil as far as his race is concerned.

    LEGENDS OF THE DRAGONREALM

  • Years before that, growing up under occupation, she associated his name with the revolution, a name synonymous with hope and freedom.

    Unveiled

  • They made the word synonymous with a place of fiery torment, a prefiguring of the doctrine of hell.

    Mysteries & Intrigues of the Bible

  • How can anyone smile when invoking a word synonymous with prison, I wondered.

    Scheherazade Goes West

  • After losing billions of dollars investing in Internet search technology during the past five years, Microsoft believes it's in a better position to gain ground on Google - a name synonymous with looking things up online.

    Default- News - USATODAY.com

  • Though a native Swiss, Mr. Ackermann is the most prominent banker in Germany, his name synonymous with an industry whose reputation has plummeted since the financial crisis.

    NYT > Home Page

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