Definition: Demonym

From New World Encyclopedia


From Ancient Greek δῆμος or dêmos (people) + ὄνυμα or ónuma (name). Possibly coined or revived in 1997 by Paul Dickson of Merriam-Webster in a manner similar to other "nyms". demo- + -onym


demonym (plural demonyms)

  1. A name for an inhabitant or native of a specific place, usually derived from the name of the place.
    Why is it that people from the United States use American as their demonym?

Derived terms

  • demonymic


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