alias

adverb
ali·​as | \ ˈā-lē-əs How to pronounce alias (audio) , ˈāl-yəs \

Definition of alias

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

alias

noun

Definition of alias (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Examples of alias in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun He was arrested in Las Vegas under an alias in August 2019. Matt Bruce, ajc, 30 Aug. 2022 He had been tracked down to Uruguay in 2017 and was living under an alias at the time, using a false Brazilian passport. Reuters, NBC News, 6 July 2022 As series creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan had already established, every flash-forward scene featuring Cinnabon manager Gene Takovic — Saul Goodman’s alias-in-hiding — is shot in black and white. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Aug. 2022 Bad prequel picked up with… neither of them, instead flashing forward to Gene, Saul's sad-sack-Cinnabon-manager alias who had been made by an unsettling cab driver named Jeff. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 26 July 2022 Among the most outspoken advocates of the independent state legislature theory is the Honest Elections Project, an alias of the 85 Fund, a conservative nonprofit linked to Leonard Leo, the former longtime head of the Federalist Society. Colby Itkowitz And Isaac Stanley-becker, Anchorage Daily News, 2 July 2022 That likely includes the saga of Cinnabon manager Gene, the alias that Saul Goodman is forced to take when Walt's empire goes sideways. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 11 July 2022 Last Thursday, Adams entered the United States using the alias Aaron Bain at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 20 June 2022 That wasn't the first time Lamar used the Oklama alias and website to announce career news. Pamela Avila, USA TODAY, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of alias

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alias

Adverb

Middle English, borrowed from Medieval Latin aliās (short for aliās dictus "at other times called"), going back to Latin, "at other times, in other cases, otherwise," from alius "other" + -ās, adverbial suffix (perhaps accusative plural ending, with noun vicēs "turns, times" understood) — more at else

Noun

noun derivative of alias entry 1

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The first known use of alias was in the 15th century

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“Alias.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alias. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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alias

adverb
\ ˈā-lē-əs \

Kids Definition of alias

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

alias

noun

Kids Definition of alias (Entry 2 of 2)

: a false name The criminal used several aliases.

alias

adverb
\ ˈā-lē-əs, ˈāl-yəs How to pronounce alias (audio) \

Legal Definition of alias

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

alias

noun

Legal Definition of alias (Entry 2 of 3)

: an assumed or additional name

alias

adjective

Legal Definition of alias (Entry 3 of 3)

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

History and Etymology for alias

Adverb

Latin, otherwise, from alius other

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