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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 descriptive toponyms in his books, such as Mount Doom."

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

About Toponym

Top is from the Greek word "topos" ("place"), and the Greek root word "nym" means "name." A toponym is the name of a specific place. It could be a country, such as France, or a region based on a land feature, such as the Alps.

Did you Know?

Toponymy is the study of place names. As cities and places have changed over time, so have the names (toponyms) of different locations. Through toponymy, experts are able to find out information about the development and exchange of language, historical landmarks, and features of a certain area.

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