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 (mē′trə-nĭm′ĭk, mĕt′rə-)
adj. & n.
Variant of matronymic.
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(ˌmɛtrəˈnɪmɪk) or less commonly


(Sociology) (of a name) derived from the name of its bearer's mother or another female ancestor
a metronymic name
[C19: from Greek mētronumikos, from mētēr mother + onoma name]
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metronymic, matronymic

a name derived from a mother or a female ancestor. Cf. patronymic.
See also: Names
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.metronymic - a name derived from the name of your mother or a maternal ancestormetronymic - a name derived from the name of your mother or a maternal ancestor
name - a language unit by which a person or thing is known; "his name really is George Washington"; "those are two names for the same thing"
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References in periodicals archive ?
Since the dawn of Western literature, the name of Clytemnestra, wife of Agamemnon and Queen of Mycenae, has been declined time after time as a very prolific metronymic with variable spellings, Aeschylean wordplays, and everlasting meanings.
"Statistically, it was harder for a metronymic surname (one based on the mother's name) to arise and then survive in Wales than in England where, from medieval times, some female names provided family names," write the Rowlands.
But when applied to Hopkins the result, says Sevik, is a recitation that is too dull, too metronymic, and even when he puts into play the looser rhythm of Gregorian chant he cannot find a satisfactory result.