demonym

noun dem·o·nym \ ˈde-mə-ˌnim \

Definition of demonym

plural demonyms
: a word (such as Nevadan or Sooner) used to denote a person who inhabits or is native to a particular place
  • Yet Hoosier, the folksy and ambiguous moniker, has for decades been snubbed by the federal government as the official name for residents of Indiana. Instead, the tongue-twisting "Indianan" - or worse, "Indianian" - has been the preferred demonym.
  • —Katie Mettler
  • Are we Michiganders or Michiganians? The question has long ignited plenty of fierce debate, and there has never been official consensus on our state's official demonym.
  • —Lee DeVito

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