synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of namely in English

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From Middle English namely, nameliche, namelike, equivalent to name +‎ -ly. Cognate with Saterland Frisian nämmelk, West Frisian nammentlik, Dutch namelijk, German Low German nämlich, German nämlich, Danish nemlig, Swedish nämligen, Icelandic nefnilega.


  • IPA(key): /ˈneɪmli/
  • Rhymes: -eɪmli


namely (not comparable)

  1. Specifically; that is to say.
  2. (now rare) Especially, above all.

Usage notes

A synonymous expression is the use of colon—":", as in "There are three ways to do it: the right way, the wrong way []."

Since this is considered a dependent clause, a comma should follow the expression and either a semicolon or a comma should precede it, depending on the strength of the break in continuity. "Namely" can thus almost be considered a conjunction.


  • that is to say, to wit, videlicet, scilicet, viz., sc.; see also Thesaurus:specifically or Thesaurus:in other words



  • Manley, Melany, laymen, meanly, yelman

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