WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
syn•o•nym /ˈsɪnənɪm/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another in the language, as joyful in relation to elated and glad.
See -onym-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
syn•o•nym  (sinə nim),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another in the language, as joyful, elated, glad.
  2. a word or expression accepted as another name for something, as Arcadia for pastoral simplicity; metonym.
  3. Biologyone of two or more scientific names applied to a single taxon.
syn′o•nymic, syn′o•nymi•cal, adj. 
syn•o•nym•i•ty  (sin′ə nimi tē),USA pronunciation n. 
  • Latin, as above
  • Middle French
  • Greek synó̄nymon, noun, nominal use of neuter of synó̄nymos synonymous; replacing Middle English sinonyme
  • Latin synōnymum
  • 1400–50


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

synonym /ˈsɪnənɪm/ n
  1. a word that means the same or nearly the same as another word, such as bucket and pail
  2. a word or phrase used as another name for something, such as Hellene for a Greek
Etymology: 16th Century: via Late Latin from Greek sunōnumon, from syn- + onoma name

ˌsynoˈnymic, ˌsynoˈnymical adj ˌsynoˈnymity n



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