ethnonym

noun
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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of ethnonym

1894, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About ethnonym

Time Traveler for ethnonym

Time Traveler

The first known use of ethnonym was in 1894

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near ethnonym

ethnomusicology

ethnonym

ethnopsychological

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for ethnonym

Cite this Entry

“Ethnonym.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ethnonym. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!