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by·wordalso by-word (bī′wûrd′)
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.]
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]
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.
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