synonym
Pronunciation
  • enPR: sĭn'ənĭm, IPA: /ˈsɪnənɪm/
Noun

synonym (plural synonyms)

  1. (semantics, strictly) A word whose meaning is the same as that of another word.
    Synonyms: equivalent, poecilonym
    Antonyms: antonym, opposite
  2. (semantics, loosely) A word or phrase with a meaning that is the same as, or very similar to, another word or phrase.
    Synonyms: metonym
    “Happy” is a synonym of “glad”.
  3. (zoology) Any of the formal names for a taxon, including the valid name (i.e. the senior synonym).
  4. (taxonomy, botany) Any name for a taxon, usually a validly published, formally accepted one, but often also an unpublished name.
  5. (databases) An alternative (often shorter) name defined for an object in a database.
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