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Note 126 – The meaning of eponymous

I heard this word today and had to look it up, so it has become the subject of today’s blog. 

The Collins English Dictionary & Thesaurus defines eponymous as:

  • “(of a person) being the person after whom a literary work, film, etc., is named: the eponymous hero in the film of Jane Eyre.”
  • “(of a literary work, film, etc.) named after its central character or creator: The Strooges’ eponymous debut album.”

The Oxford Dictionaries online defines eponymous as:

  •  “(of a person) giving their name to something: the eponymous hero of the novel.”
  •  “(of a thing) named after a particular person or group: their eponymous debut LP.”

After reading the above, I didn’t feel that I could make up my own sentences using the word eponymous, so continued to google it.  Wikipedia ( helped put this word into perspective for me – here’s their definition:

“One who is referred to as eponymous is someone who gives his or her name to something, e.g., Julian, the eponymous owner of the famous restaurant Julian’s Castle. A common nonstandard usage is that something eponymous is named after a particular person, e.g., Julian’s eponymous restaurant.”

So, now for some of my own examples:

  • The eponymous hero of the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Harry Ramsden’s eponymous restaurant.

That’s it for today – please leave me a comment if you can think of any other sentences with the word eponymous. 

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Reference list:

Collins English Dictionary & Thesaurus (UK)

Oxford Dictionaries online:

Wikipedia (


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer



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