Definition of toponym in English:

toponym

noun

  • A place name, especially one derived from a topographical feature.

    • ‘To the right of Azcapotzalco's toponym and Maxtla's corpse bundle, the artist displays Nezahualcoyotl's two allies of the Triple Alliance, Itzcoatl and Totoquihuatzin, the tlahtoqueh of Tenochtitlan and Tlacopan, respectively.’
    • ‘The chapter, which takes up fewer than 30 pages, contains (by my count) nearly 200 toponyms of nations, counties, towns, streets, rivers, buildings, and other geographical features.’
    • ‘Toward the left of the upper horizontal band, just above the second and third from the left of the seven toponyms of the Tepanec Confederacy, traces remain of a calendrical date, either Four or Five Flint Knife.’
    • ‘Indeed, toponyms often embed the meaning of that place in their etymology.’
    • ‘The final two chapters expound on the controversial issue of changing Muslim names: one focuses on personal names and the other on toponyms.’
    • ‘From left to right, the painter sets out the toponyms of seven Tepanec or affiliated altepemeh - the Tepanec Confederacy ruled by Azcapotzalco - in an approximate geographic order, with southeast at left and northwest at right.’
    • ‘The principal legacy left behind in those territories from which the language of the Britons were displaced is that of toponyms.’
    • ‘4 The documentation includes maps with all known toponyms (historical cultural cartography), ethnohistory, census, socioeconomic study, and basic use zones.’
    • ‘Joined together by a red line that begins near the palace's law court, the first set consists of the two toponyms to the left of Tetzcoco's, Teotihuacan at left and Otompan at right.’
    • ‘First, identification of Turkish toponyms with those in the Venetian documents permits us to locate all the toponyms found in the Venetian sources.’
    • ‘Documents from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially those written by road engineers suggesting the best routes for trails or railroads, give detailed hydrographic information with associated Amuesha toponyms.’
    • ‘Azoria is the local toponym for a distinctively rounded and double-peaked hill overlooking the Bay of Mirabello in northeastern Crete.’
    • ‘Without literary traditions, they relied on mental maps for describing places and fixed specific locations using toponyms and oral descriptions.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most commonly narrated Spanish usurpation of a Miskitu toponym is the colonial name referring to the Moskitia itself, Taguzgalpa.’
    • ‘The project relied on teamwork, the collection of toponyms, the drawing of sketch maps, and the interpretation of air photos.’
    • ‘The sources are complementary in identifying and locating toponyms, still a painstaking task, but immensely valuable for any study of settlement patterns.’
    • ‘Without literary traditions, rural folk share elaborate cognitive maps with others through the use of toponyms that give geographic orientations.’
    • ‘Putting a toponym on a map, for example, does transform the cognitive geographical knowledge from verbal into hard-copy map medium, but it in no way erases other society-nature views related to it.’
    • ‘Having given agency to the geometric ‘line’ itself, Boelhower envisages evasion of its universalising influence via cartographic toponyms whose inherent particularity opens ‘a trap door… in the written surface of the map’ .’
    • ‘A second workshop was held in Caloveborita in September 1999 to review the census results and community mapping work and to transfer toponyms from the sketch maps to the cartographic sheets.’

Origin

1930s: from Greek topos place + onuma name.

Pronunciation:

toponym

/ˈtäpəˌnim/