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by·word

also by-word  (bī′wûrd′)
n.
1.
a. A proverbial expression; a proverb.
b. An often-used word or phrase.
2. One that represents a type, class, or quality: "Polyester got its déclassé reputation in the 1970s after cheap, poorly made double-knit leisure suits became a byword for bad taste" (Fortune).
3. An object of notoriety or interest: The eccentric poet was a byword in literary circles.
4. An epithet.

[Middle English byworde, from Old English bīword, translation of Latin prōverbium.]

byword

(ˈbaɪˌwɜːd)
n
1. a person, place, or thing regarded as a perfect or proverbial example of something: their name is a byword for good service.
2. an object of scorn or derision
3. a common saying; proverb
[Old English bīwyrde; see by, word; compare Old High German pīwurti, from Latin prōverbium proverb]

by•word

(ˈbaɪˌwɜrd)

n.
1. a word or phrase associated with some person or thing.
2. a common saying; proverb.
3. a person regarded as the embodiment of a particular quality.
4. an object of reproach or scorn.
5. an epithet.
[before 1050; Middle English; Old English biwyrde. See by1 (adj.), word]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.byword - a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
locution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"

byword

noun
A usually pithy and familiar statement expressing an observation or principle generally accepted as wise or true:
Translations

byword

[ˈbaɪwɜːd] N
1.sinónimo m
his name is a byword for successsu nombre es sinónimo de éxito
2. (= slogan) → palabra f de moda

byword

[ˈbaɪwɜːrd] n
to be a byword for → être synonyme de (fig)by-your-leave [ˌbaɪˈjəˈliːv] n
without so much as a by-your-leave → sans même demander la permission

byword

[ˈbaɪˌwɜːd] n his name is a byword for successil suo nome è sinonimo di successo
References in classic literature ?
Every mistake was attributed to me, until "Makar Alexievitch" became a byword in our department.
that is their mean yet mighty byword of reproach -- the watchword with which they assassinated, hanged, and made away with Concini; and if I gave them their way they would assassinate, hang, and make away with me in the same manner, although they have nothing to complain of except a tax or two now and then.
There is no longer a Popish tyrant on the throne of England, and by to-morrow noon, his name shall be a byword in this very street, where ye would make it a word of terror.
I knew a wise man that had it for a byword, when he saw men hasten to a conclusion, Stay a little, that we may make an end the sooner.
Three days ago my preference for blue eyes was a byword.
he must cast behind him their admiration, and afflict them by faithfulness to his truth, and become a byword and a hissing.
And besides, when folk talk of a country covered with troops, it's but a kind of a byword at the best.
In consequence of Dobbin's victory, his character rose prodigiously in the estimation of all his schoolfellows, and the name of Figs, which had been a byword of reproach, became as respectable and popular a nickname as any other in use in the school.
The casuists have become a byword of reproach; but their perverted spirit of minute discrimination was the shadow of a truth to which eyes and hearts are too often fatally sealed,--the truth, that moral judgments must remain false and hollow, unless they are checked and enlightened by a perpetual reference to the special circumstances that mark the individual lot.
The suspension of Jerome Valcke is only the latest bit of bad news for an organisation that is now less well known for promoting the game of football, than it is as a byword for greed and corruption on an industrial scale.
In a word delivered on the occasion, Husseini considered that the National Pact document was the byword of the principle governing the constitution ever since its drafting.