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 usesJohn 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

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Examples of alias in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Besides those Lukes, the International Bullion Exchange lawsuit listed other aliases Asher had purportedly used, including Luke Emmanuel, Luke Francis, Michael Walker, and Henry Davis. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "The new “Wolf of Wall Street” is an influencer who sells gold to Republican seniors," 18 Nov. 2019 The lawsuit revealed that Tillerson used the e-mail alias ‘‘Wayne Tracker’’ as CEO, in what the company says was an effort to streamline communications with top executives. BostonGlobe.com, "NEW YORK — As Exxon faced the prospect of new climate regulations, the energy giant set out to understand — not understate — how they would affect the bottom line, former CEO and ex-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a court Wednesday.," 31 Oct. 2019 Middaugh points out that 12-year-old water crisis activist Amariyanna Copeny, alias Little Miss Flint, shares their savvy but not their notoriety among political leaders. Wired, "Greta Thunberg's Digital Rise Calls Back to a Pre-Digital Era," 28 Sep. 2019 According to the release, Brocoli has used aliases 'Matthew Dehart,' 'BrunchMedia' and 'BrunchMarketing' along with account names @xokirstylies1, @xokirstyslut1 and @killyourselfkirsty to harass and impersonate the family since 2016. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "'I hope you get cancer and die': Maryland man cyberstalked Ohio family, prosecutors say," 5 Sep. 2019 Wilkerson and Tara Williams admitted to harboring the fugitive and assisting him with utilizing an alias to conceal his identity, sheriff’s officials said. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Escaped Alabama prisoner captured in Louisiana after month on the run," 15 Aug. 2019 Weeks earlier, a user with the alias Toonbib had paid around $5,500 to order his murder and provided details of his upcoming travel. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "The Guy who Ordered a Hit On His Stepmother for $5," 18 Dec. 2019 Police noted that the suspect has numerous prior convictions and aliases. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Man violates temporary protection order: Moreland Hills Police Blotter," 13 Dec. 2019 What: Minimal techno superstar Richie Hawtin plays a double-header with Deadmau5's techno alias. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Here's Your 2019 Dance Party Guide For Art Basel & Miami Art Week," 5 Dec. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alias. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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