synonym
Definition - A word that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another word.

Notes:
1. If two words have exactly the same meaning in all contexts, so much so that they can be used interchangeably, they are called exact synonyms.

Example -
sick and ill

Etymology -
The word derives via Latin from the Greek synonymon, word having the same sense as another (from syn, same + onyma, name).

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from about 1450:
"Isidorus … lefte noble werkes … as the books of his Ethimologies, … of the ordre of creatures, sinonymes, and mony oþer þinges."
( Higden (Rolls) VI. 51)



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