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pseudonym

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noun pseu·do·nym \ˈsü-də-ˌnim\

Simple Definition of pseudonym

  • : a name that someone (such as a writer) uses instead of his or her real name

Full Definition of pseudonym

  1. :  a fictitious name; especially :  pen name

Examples of pseudonym

  1. Mark Twain is the pseudonym of the American writer Samuel L. Clemens.

  2. <the most notorious serial killer of the 19th century remains known only by the pseudonym of Jack the Ripper>



Origin of pseudonym

French pseudonyme, from Greek pseudōnymos bearing a false name, from pseud- + onyma name — more at name


First Known Use: 1833




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