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syn·o·nym

 (sĭn′ə-nĭm′)
n.
1. A word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or other words in a language.
2. A word or expression that serves as a figurative or symbolic substitute for another: "Romeo has become a synonym for any youthful lover" (Harry Levin).
3. Biology One of two or more scientific names that have been applied to the same species or other taxonomic group.

[Middle English sinonyme, from Old French synonyme, from Latin synōnymum, from Greek sunōnumon, from neuter of sunōnumos, synonymous; see synonymous.]

syn′o·nym′ic, syn′o·nym′i·cal adj.
syn′o·nym′i·ty n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.synonymity - the semantic relation that holds between two words that can (in a given context) express the same meaning
semantic relation - a relation between meanings
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