eth·​no·​nym | \ ˈeth-(ˌ)nō-ˌnim How to pronounce ethnonym (audio) \
plural ethnonyms

Definition of ethnonym

: a name used to refer to an ethnic group, tribe, or people The Reindeer Koryak, closest to the Chukchi, represented almost half of the Koryak population. “Koryak” is not a native ethnonym but was created by the Russians from the root kor, meaning “reindeer,” originally as korak, he “who owns reindeer.”— William W. Fitzhugh & Aron Crowell, Crossroads of Continents, 1988

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First Known Use of ethnonym

1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Ethnonym.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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