A name by which a people or social group refers to itself.
Origin of autonymaut(o)– + –onym.
- (taxonomy) An infraspecific name in which the species epithet is repeated.
- (linguistics, anthropology) A name used by a group or category of people to refer to themselves or their language, as opposed to a name given to them by other groups.
- Deutsche is the autonym of the people known in English as Germans.
- The true name of a person or other entity, especially an author.
auto- "self" + -onym "name"