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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, 20th century


A place name, especially one derived from a topographical feature.

Examples of Toponym in a sentence

"J.R.R. Tolkien created many new words in his books, but also the toponym of Mount Doom."

"The toponym for the new neighborhood is Pond Place, thanks to all the small pools on the golf course."

About Toponym

Those of you familiar with "topography," the study of the shape and attributes of land, might know that "top" is from the Greek word "topos," or place, while the Greek root word "nym" means name. A toponym is a name of a specific place. It could be a country, like France, or a general region, such as Wine Country

Did you Know?

Toponymy is the study of place names. As times have changed, so too have the names, toponyms, of different locations. By studying toponymy, experts are able to find out information about the development and exchange of language, historical landmarks, and features of the area.

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