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’
    • ‘It's odd how there's no mention at all of how the terra cotta warriors, the namesakes of the show, came about.’
    • ‘The number of famous namesakes will also raise a smile.’
    • ‘Corpus Christi took on their Cambridge namesakes in the annual ‘Corpus Challenge’, and cemented their fifth consecutive victory.’
    • ‘Unlike her Biblical namesake, Maria sees very little evidence of God's grace.’
    • ‘For the time being, he seemed to have been cornered by his namesakes.’
    • ‘Why should a slideshow account of a comedian's attempts to contact his namesakes be funny?’
    • ‘Like its namesake it has had a few unlikely wins, but unlike its namesake it pays handsomely.’
    • ‘Which shows the difference between the two namesakes - Lisa can't drive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He decided to brew his own and take on his namesakes.’
    • ‘During the process of creating and naming the award, several dozen namesakes were considered for this prestigious honor.’
    • ‘I mean, just how much of a hero can this guy be to spawn so many namesakes?’
    • ‘In this adventure he set out to find 54 namesakes - ‘One for every card in the deck, including the jokers.’’
    • ‘The similarities between the two namesakes are eerie.’
    • ‘Hence we have Magpies, Robins and Wrens here which are not related to their European namesakes.’
    • ‘Anthony, while fully deserving his Man Of The Match award, could do with some of his Roman namesake's cunning.’
    • ‘Maureen was claiming a namesake with me as she also was called Veronica.’
    • ‘But talking to their namesakes, they realised that they had much more in common.’


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