Autonym meaning

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(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.

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A name by which a people or social group refers to itself.
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The true name of a person or other entity, especially an author.
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(taxonomy) An infraspecific name in which the species epithet is repeated.
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Origin of autonym

  • aut(o)– –onym

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • auto- "self" + -onym "name"

    From Wiktionary