self-des·​ig·​na·​tion ˌself-ˌde-zig-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce self-designation (audio)
: a name or title that an animate entity (such as a person or body of people) uses usually by choice to refer to itself

Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-designation was in 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Self-designation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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