Definition of namesake in English:



  • A person or thing that has the same name as another.

    ‘Hugh Capet paved the way for his son and namesake to be crowned king of France’
    ‘unlike its Scottish namesake, Leven is not by the sea’
    • ‘In this adventure he set out to find 54 namesakes - ‘One for every card in the deck, including the jokers.’’
    • ‘It is one of life's ironies that their namesakes found themselves fighting to defend that country nearly 60 years later at one of the First World War's bloodiest battles.’
    • ‘I mean, just how much of a hero can this guy be to spawn so many namesakes?’
    • ‘Like its namesake it has had a few unlikely wins, but unlike its namesake it pays handsomely.’
    • ‘The similarities between the two namesakes are eerie.’
    • ‘The number of famous namesakes will also raise a smile.’
    • ‘Which shows the difference between the two namesakes - Lisa can't drive.’
    • ‘For the time being, he seemed to have been cornered by his namesakes.’
    • ‘Anthony, while fully deserving his Man Of The Match award, could do with some of his Roman namesake's cunning.’
    • ‘Corpus Christi took on their Cambridge namesakes in the annual ‘Corpus Challenge’, and cemented their fifth consecutive victory.’
    • ‘He decided to brew his own and take on his namesakes.’
    • ‘Does he know that his namesake went to Spain to fight the very men his site believes should be unopposed?’
    • ‘Unlike their high street namesakes however, fund supermarkets are not always so hot on choice or price.’
    • ‘Unlike her Biblical namesake, Maria sees very little evidence of God's grace.’
    • ‘During the process of creating and naming the award, several dozen namesakes were considered for this prestigious honor.’
    • ‘Maureen was claiming a namesake with me as she also was called Veronica.’
    • ‘It's odd how there's no mention at all of how the terra cotta warriors, the namesakes of the show, came about.’
    • ‘But talking to their namesakes, they realised that they had much more in common.’
    • ‘Why should a slideshow account of a comedian's attempts to contact his namesakes be funny?’
    • ‘Hence we have Magpies, Robins and Wrens here which are not related to their European namesakes.’


Mid 17th century: from the phrase for the name's sake.