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alias

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adverb ali·as \ ˈā-lē-əs , ˈāl-yəs \

Definition of alias

:otherwise called :otherwise known as used to indicate an additional name that a person (such as a criminal) sometimes uses
  • John Smith alias Richard Jones was identified as the suspect.

Origin and Etymology of alias

Latin, otherwise, from alius other — more at else


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alias

noun

Definition of alias

:an assumed or additional name that a person (such as a criminal) sometimes uses
  • a fugitive using several aliases
  • He checked into the hotel using an alias.
  • John Smith, who goes by the alias Richard Jones

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Origin and Etymology of alias

see 1alias



ALIAS Defined for Kids

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alias

adverb \ ˈā-lē-əs \

Definition of alias for Students

:otherwise known as
  • Samuel Clemens, alias Mark Twain wrote many stories about life on the Mississippi.

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alias

noun

Definition of alias for Students

:a false name
  • The criminal used several aliases.

Law Dictionary

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alias

play
adverb \ ˈā-lē-əs, ˈāl-yəs \

legal Definition of alias

:otherwise called :also known as
  • John Thomas Nolan, alias Legs Diamond

Origin and Etymology of alias

Latin, otherwise, from alius other


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alias

noun

legal Definition of alias

:an assumed or additional name

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alias

adjective

legal Definition of alias

:issued after the original instrument has not produced any action
  • an alias tax warrant
  • an alias summons
— compare pluries


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