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

  • n. A paronymous word.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A word derived from the same root, or with the same sound, as another word.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A paronymous word.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A word which is a derivative from another.
  • n. A word of one language which translates a word of another with only a difference of termination or other slight change, as English canal for the Latin canalis: opposed to heteronym.


Greek parōnumon, from neuter sing. of parōnumos, derivative; see paronymous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek παρα ‘beside’ + ονομα-onym’. (Wiktionary)


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  • paronym – a word that is related to another word and derives from the same root; a cognate word

    July 19, 2008