top·​o·​nym ˈtä-pə-ˌnim How to pronounce toponym (audio)

Examples of toponym in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this case, Mukha, a port city in Yemen that handled coffee shipments in the 18th century. Other toponyms include vichyssoise, from Vichy, France; Tabasco peppers from the Mexican city; bialy from Bialystok, Poland; and lima beans from Lima, Peru (not Lima, Ohio). Kim Severson, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2023 Padanistan is in fact a play on the toponym ‘Padania’, which is often used to refer to the Pianura Padana, an area which encompasses the Po Valley across northern Italy from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea. Rica Cerbarano, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2022

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary, back-formation from toponymy

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toponym was in 1899

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“Toponym.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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