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demonym

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EtymologyEdit

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

demo- +‎ -onym

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NounEdit

demonym (plural demonyms)

  1. (rare) A name for an inhabitant or native of a specific place that is derived from the name of the place.
    Why is it that people from the United States use American as their demonym?
  2. (obsolete) A pseudonym formed of an adjective.
    The Logophile has my favourite demonym, I would write under it if he didn't.

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