Part of speech: noun
Origin: Greek, mid-19th century
A noun used to denote the natives or inhabitants of a particular country, state, city, etc.
Descriptive term used by a writer as a pen name.
Examples of Demonym in a sentence
"He knew the demonym for a resident of Indiana is Hoosier, but he didn’t know why."
"I currently live in Australia, but I still claim my demonym as British."
Popularity Over Time
A demonym identifies a native of a certain geographical place or ethnic group. These words might be as simple as adding a suffix (Japanese, Egyptian, Parisian) or it could be an entirely different word (Okie, Mancunian, Neapolitan).
Did you Know?
Demonym comes from Greek — “dēmos” meaning people and “onuma” meaning name — but the usage has changed over time. It used to be applied to a noun used as a pen name, such as a pamphlet written by “A Country Clergyman.” The term was resurrected in the 1990s as a descriptor of residency.