Definitions

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

  • n. The quality of being synonymous; equivalence of meaning.
  • n. Study and classification of synonyms.
  • n. A list, book, or system of synonyms.
  • n. Biology A chronological list or record of the scientific names that have been applied to a species and its subdivisions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being synonymous; sameness of meaning.
  • n. A list or collection of synonyms, often compared and contrasted.
  • n. The study of synonyms.
  • n. A system of synonyms.
  • n. The collective synonyms (all the names referring to a particular taxon, except the correct name)
  • n. The state of not being a correct name, of being a synonym
  • n. The collective synonyms (all the names referring to the same taxon, including the correct name)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being synonymous; sameness of meaning.
  • n. A system of synonyms.
  • n. A figure by which synonymous words are used to amplify a discourse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being synonymous, or of expressing the same meaning by different words.
  • n. In rhetoric, a figure by which words of the same meaning are used to amplify a discourse.
  • n. A thing of the same name.
  • n. A system of synonyms; a collection of synonyms; also, the study of synonyms; the use of synonyms in expressing different shades of meaning; the discrimination of synonyms; especially, in natural history, the sifting of synonyms to determine the onyms.

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

  • n. the semantic relation that holds between two words that can (in a given context) express the same meaning

Etymologies

From Latin synonymia, from Ancient Greek συνωνυμία (sunōnumia), from σύν (sun, "with") + ὄνομα (onoma, "name"). (Wiktionary)

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