American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A name by which a people or social group refers to itself.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One's own name; a real name: opposed to pseudonym and anonym.
- n. That which bears one's own name, as a book published under the author's real name.
- n. The self-same name; one and the same name for two or more things; a homonym.
- n. In anthropology, the name by which a people call themselves.
- n. taxonomy An infraspecific name in which the species epithet is repeated.
- n. linguistics, anthropology A name used by a group or category of people to refer to themselves or their language, as opposed to a name given to them by other groups.
- n. The true name of a person or other entity, especially an author.
- auto- "self" + -onym "name" (Wiktionary)
- aut(o)- + -onym. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the late 1980s, Blacks began to abandon the term Afro-American, adopting the autonym African American instead.”
“Issoudun, therefore, according to the researches of this antiquary, like other cities of France whose ancient or modern autonym ends in”
“Endonyms usually come from the traditional language of a group, but foreign names for the group are also sometimes adopted and transformed into a type of autonym.”
“If a dweller was to get warped and decides to sue, all of her real estate assets are currently malignant; because they are in her autonym and piece does not own a will, confidence or power or attorney to protect them.”
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denoting or relating to names
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