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sobriquet

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noun so·bri·quet \ˈsō-bri-ˌkā, -ˌket, ˌsō-bri-ˈ\

Simple Definition of sobriquet

  • : a name or phrase that describes the character of someone or something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sobriquet

  1. :  a descriptive name or epithet :  nickname

Examples of sobriquet in a sentence

  1. Baseball player Ty Cobb was also known by the sobriquet The Georgia Peach.

  2. <tagged her with the sobriquet peanut because of her diminutive size>



Did You Know?

This synonym of nickname has the same meaning in modern French as it does in English. In Middle French, however, its earlier incarnation soubriquet referred to both a nickname and a tap under the chin. Centuries later, the connection between these two meanings isn't clear, but what is clear is that the "nickname" meaning of sobriquet was well established in French by the time English speakers borrowed the term in the mid-17th century - and was the only meaning that was adopted. In current English, the spelling sobriquet is most common, but soubriquet is also an accepted variant.

Variants of sobriquet

also

soubriquet

\ˈsō-, ˌsō-, ˈsü-, ˌsü-\

Origin and Etymology of sobriquet

French


First Known Use: 1646


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