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nom de plume

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noun \-ˈplüm\

Simple Definition of nom de plume

  • : a name used by a writer instead of the writer's real name

Full Definition of nom de plume

plural noms de plume play \ˌnäm(z)-di-\

Examples of nom de plume

  1. He wrote under a nom de plume.



Origin of nom de plume

French, pen name; probably coined in English


First Known Use: 1823


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