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syn·o·nym  [sin-uh-nim]  Show IPAnoun1.word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another in the language, as happy, joyful,elated.  A dictionary of synonyms and antonyms (or opposites), such as Thesaurus.com, is called athesaurus.2.a word or expression accepted as another name for something, as Arcadia  for pastoral simplicity  orWall Street  for U.S. financial markets;  metonym.3.Biology one of two or more scientific names applied to a single taxon.Origin: 
1400–50;  < Latin synōnymum  < Greek synṓnymon,  noun use of neuter of synṓnymos synonymous;replacing Middle English sinonyme  < Middle French  < Latin,  as above

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A word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language, for example shut is a synonym of close.
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