(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.
A name by which a people or social group refers to itself.
The true name of a person or other entity, especially an author.
Origin of autonym
- aut(o)– –onym
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- auto- "self" + -onym "name"