to·​pon·​y·​my tə-ˈpä-nə-mē How to pronounce toponymy (audio)
: the place-names of a region or language or especially the etymological study of them
toponymist 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, 25 July 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toponymy was in 1794

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“Toponymy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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