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We have these...

  • Morning, afternoon, evening, night, day, and it's like night and day
  • Midnight and noon, and high noon
  • Yesterday, today, and tomorrow
  • Earlier, later, and now
  • Four O'Clock
  • 2300 hours
  • Yesteryear
  • October, Wednesday, 1982
  • The Age of Wonder, The Pleistocene Era
  • Once upon a time, never, forever, forever and a day
  • You get the idea...

Is there a word for named moments or periods of time—one of the -nym suffixed words? I did a search and can't seem to find a word in reasonably wide usage.

This Q&A doesn't address my question (completely). A search on a term that made sense to me in the family of Latin-derived terms like demonym (which is fully documented) and retronym is temponym, which has been coined in technical circles.

At the least, it doesn't seem to have a dictionary definition yet.

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The word chrononym is suitable.

Etymology A 1979: chrono- +‎ -onym. Noun chrononym (plural chrononyms)

(semiotics) A term for a specific period of time, such as "summer" or "week."

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    Well, duh. That is so obvious now that you pointed it out. Thank you. – Kit Nov 21 at 22:13

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