Meaning of “eponymous” in the English Dictionary

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"eponymous" in British English

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eponymousadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ɪˈpɒn.ɪ.məs/ us /ɪˈpɑː.nə.məs/ literary

An eponymous character in a play, book, etc. has the same name as the title.

Examples from literature

  • But when the eponymous hero of the new verb entered the conversational lists it was seen that his predominant quality was strength. 
  • By a curious coincidence all the names of eponymous heroes chanced to remind people of beasts. 
  • Each foreign element in a community had its own intellectual life and immemorial tribal traditions, which reflected ancient habits of life and perpetuated the doctrines of eponymous ancestors. 

(Definition of “eponymous” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)