to·​pon·​y·​my | \ tə-ˈpä-nə-mē How to pronounce toponymy (audio) , tō- \

Definition of toponymy

: the place-names of a region or language or especially the etymological study of them

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Other Words from toponymy

toponymist \ tə-​ˈpä-​nə-​mist How to pronounce toponymist (audio) , tō-​ \ noun

Examples of toponymy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That is part of a much broader quest to excavate (or invent) an older and more precise toponymy of urban neighborhoods. Henry Grabar, Slate Magazine, "What a Bar With Decorative Bullet Holes Really Means," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of toponymy

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toponymy

International Scientific Vocabulary, from top- + Greek onyma, onoma name — more at name

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The first known use of toponymy was in 1876

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“Toponymy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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