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Microsoft SQL Server introduces the concept of a synonym. A synonym is an alternative name for a schema-scoped object. Client applications can use a single-part name to reference a base object by using a synonym instead of using a two-part, three-part, or four-part name to reference the base object.

This section provides the information that is necessary to understand synonyms.



Understanding Synonyms

Explains the concept of synonyms and the benefits of using synonyms.

Using Synonyms (Database Engine)

Describes the contexts in which synonyms can and cannot be used.

Getting Information About Synonyms

Provides information about accessing synonym metadata and other related information.