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Meaning of synonym

syn•o•nym

Pronunciation: (sin'u-nim), [key]
— n.
  1. a word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another in the language, as joyful, elated, glad.
  2. a word or expression accepted as another name for something, as Arcadia for pastoral simplicity; metonym.
  3. one of two or more scientific names applied to a single taxon.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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