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 Juliette Parker, 38, allegedly used a number of aliases such as Juliette Noel and Juliette Gains, which may have been used to contact unsuspecting parents as a baby photographer. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Former mayoral candidate drugged woman with cupcake to steal newborn, officials say," 17 Feb. 2020 Lopez-Diaz, prosecutors contend, also worked as a payroll check cashier for other companies, using the alias Miguel Lopez to cash checks and conceal his identity. oregonlive, "Beaverton man accused in $65 million tax evasion scheme involving construction companies," 14 Apr. 2020 Those hobbies, of course, never necessitated an alias. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Diamondbacks don't seem concerned about Madison Bumgarner's double-life on rodeo circuit as 'Mason Saunders'," 24 Feb. 2020 His alias was blown after he was recognized from pictures posted on Facebook from a Dec. 3 event at Rancho Rio Arena in Wickenburg. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Madison Bumgarner's rodeo alias to be honored at minor league team's 'Mason Saunders Night'," 26 Feb. 2020 His new alias Love Regenerator is a time-capsule of a sonic experience, using only era-specific gear to create wholly modern grooves from nostalgic palettes. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Calvin Harris, Boys Noize, Mija and More," 14 Feb. 2020 His several aliases barely varied, his schemes were foiled or soon discovered, he was repeatedly deported, and Magdalen was his one brush with institutional glory. Ben Downing, WSJ, "‘The Professor and the Parson’ Review: Father of Lies," 31 Jan. 2020 The 40-year-old, who has widely been identified in reports on the killing by his alias Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, was a Georgian citizen of Chechen ethnicity who fought against Russian troops in Chechnya. Fox News, "Russia suspected in 'execution-style' slaying in Berlin park, 2 diplomats expelled by Germany," 5 Dec. 2019 The Athletic revealed last month that Bumgarner, who grew up in North Carolina and has a ranch in Arizona, uses an alias, Mason Saunders, to compete in roping events at rodeos in the winter. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Landing Madison Bumgarner Gave Arizona an Ace and a Mentor," 5 Mar. 2020

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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 29 May. 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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