WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
sur•name /ˈsɜrˌneɪm/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. 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 © 2017
sur•name  (n. sûrnām′;v. sûrnām′, sûr nām),USA pronunciation 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.
  • 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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