Definition of toponym in English:

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toponym

Pronunciation: /ˈtɒpənɪm/

noun

A place name, especially one derived from a topographical feature.
Example sentences
  • Without literary traditions, they relied on mental maps for describing places and fixed specific locations using toponyms and oral descriptions.
  • Perhaps the most commonly narrated Spanish usurpation of a Miskitu toponym is the colonial name referring to the Moskitia itself, Taguzgalpa.
  • Indeed, toponyms often embed the meaning of that place in their etymology.

Origin

1930s: from Greek topos 'place' + -onym.

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