surname

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
sur•name /ˈsɝˌneɪm/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]
  • the name that a person has in common with other family members, as distinguished from a given name;
    family name.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
    sur•name  (n. sûrnām′;v. sûrnām′, sûr nām), 
    n., v., -named, -nam•ing. 

    n. 
    1. the name that a person has in common with other family members, as distinguished from a Christian name or given name;
      family name.
    2. a name added to a person's name, as one indicating a circumstance of birth or some characteristic or achievement;
      epithet.

    v.t. 
    1. to give a surname to;
      call by a surname.
    Etymology:1300–50;
    Middle English (noun, nominal);
    see sur-1, name;
    modeled on Old French surnom


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    surname /ˈsɜːˌneɪm/ n

    1. Also called: last name, second name a family name as opposed to a first or Christian name
    2. (formerly) a descriptive epithet attached to a person's name to denote a personal characteristic, profession, etc; nickname
    vb
    1. (transitive) to furnish with or call by a surname
    Etymology: 14th Century: via Anglo-French from Old French surnom. See sur-1, name

    ˈsurˌnamer n



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