List of adjectival and demonymic forms for countries and nations
The following is a list of adjectival and demonymic forms of countries and nations in English and their demonymic equivalents. A country adjective describes something as being from that country, for example, "Italian cuisine" is "cuisine of Italy". A country demonym denotes the people or the inhabitants of or from there, for example, "Germans" are people of or from Germany. Note: Demonyms are given in plural forms. Singular forms simply remove the final s or, in the case of -ese endings, are the same as the plural forms. The ending -men has feminine equivalent -women (e.g. an Irishman and a Scotswoman). The French terminations -ois / -ais serve as both the singular and plural masculine; adding e (-oise / -aise) makes them singular feminine; es (-oises / -aises) makes them plural feminine. The Spanish and Portuguese terminations -o usually denotes the masculine and is normally changed to feminine by dropping the -o and adding -a. The plural forms are usually -os and -as respectively.
Adjectives ending in -ish can be used as collective demonyms (e.g. the English, the Cornish). So can those ending in -ch / -tch (e.g. the French, the Dutch) provided they are pronounced with a 'ch' sound (e.g. the adjective Czech does not qualify).
Many place-name adjectives and many demonyms refer also to various other things, sometimes with and sometimes without one or more additional words. (Sometimes, the use of one or more additional words is optional.) Notable examples are cuisines, cheeses, cat breeds, dog breeds, and horse breeds. (See List of words derived from toponyms.)
Note - in cases where two or more adjectival forms are given, there is often a subtle difference in usage between the two. This is particularly the case with Central Asian countries where one form tends to relate to the nation and the other often relates to the predominant ethnic group (e.g., Uzbek is primarily an ethnicity, Uzbekistani relates to citizens of Uzbekistan).
In addition, several countries have a large number of sub-names for their citizens in the form of nicknames for people of certain different areas; these are usually related to something typical of the area. In Puerto Rico for example, people who come from the town of Bayamón are referred to as "Cowboy(s)" or "Cowgirl(s)"; those from Caguas are referred to as "Criollo(s)" or "Criolla(s)". Except in cases such as Spain, in which sub-names have been used interchangeably by others, sub-names belonging to some areas in a country are not listed here.
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- Antarctica is the southernmost continent and not a country. The Antarctic Treaty System governs Antarctica, the Southern Ocean, and all territory south of the 60th parallel south.
- The official name of Burma is the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
- The Republic of Cabo Verde was formerly known as Cape Verde.
- The Republic of China was established in 1912 in the mainland China as the successor to the Qing dynasty and reclaimed Taiwan from the Empire of Japan in 1945. Following the Chinese Civil War in 1949, Kuomintang, the nationalist government was defeated by the Communist Party of China which caused the nationalists to flee to Taiwan and the communists establish the People's Republic of China. To this day, The People's Republic of China is simply known as "China" and the Republic of China is commonly known as "Taiwan" and occasionally, Chinese Taipei to prevent PRC pressure.
- The Republic of Côte d'Ivoire was formerly known as the Ivory Coast.
- The third syllable of Dominican (from Dominica) is stressed.
- The second syllable of Dominican (from the Dominican Republic) is stressed.
- East Timor is now officially known as the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.
- The European Union is a politico-economic union of sovereign states.
- The demonym European may be used to designate either a citizen of a member state of the European Union or a resident of the greater European subcontinent.
- There is no adjective or demonym that distinguishes the Republic of Ireland from the entire island of Ireland. When distinction from Northern Ireland is necessary, the colloquial Southern Irish or Southerner is sometimes used; some people in the Republic of Ireland may find this offensive, though others in Northern Ireland may find it equally offensive in not distinguishing the Republic of Ireland from the island. As an alternative, an adjectival phrase may be used—for instance, "a law of the Republic of Ireland"—or, as a last resort, the name "Republic of Ireland" may be used as if it were an adjective (as in "a Republic of Ireland law").
- The Ivory Coast is now officially known as the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire.
- The official name of Myanmar is the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, although the nation is still commonly known as Burma.
- "Zelanian" is an archaism. It is encountered occasionally in historic contexts, but is never seen in modern usage.
- The official name of Russia is the Russian Federation.
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- The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste was formerly known as East Timor.
- Also known as Great Britain or Britain.
- Citizens of the United States of America are known as Americans, although any resident of the Americas may share this demonym. Many other names for United States citizens have been proposed to avoid confusion.
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