Definition of patronymic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌpætrəˈnɪmɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpætrəˈnɪmɪk//
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a name formed from the name of your father or a male ancestor, especially by adding something to the beginning or end of their name compare matronymic See related entries: Names Word Originearly 17th cent.: via late Latin from Greek patrōnumikos, from patrōnumos, from patēr, patr- ‘father’ + onuma ‘name’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: patronymic