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 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 Parker, who also goes by several aliases, appeared in Pierce County Superior Court, where her attorney entered not guilty pleas to charges of second-degree attempted kidnapping and second-degree assault. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, "'She violated my safety,' victim in baby kidnapping plot says as suspect appears in court," 18 Feb. 2020 Grandmaster Eric Hansen, 27, first used the term Chessbrah in 2015 as an online alias, then later streamed under the name. NBC News, "Fast-and-loose culture of esports is upending once staid world of chess," 17 Feb. 2020 For the past two decades, dance legend Ferry Corsten has been pumping out hits under a few different aliases: Gouryella, System F and his own name. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Ferry Corsten Announces What the F Tour Featuring Music From Across His Projects: Exclusive," 5 Feb. 2020 Using a different alias the next year, the same undercover operative infiltrated the congressional campaign of Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA officer who went on to win an important House seat in Virginia as a Democrat. Adam Goldman, BostonGlobe.com, "Erik Prince recruits ex-spies to help infiltrate liberal groups," 7 Mar. 2020 Brandon Fleury used 13 Instagram accounts -- which had aliases including alleged Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz and serial killer Ted Bundy -- to target Parkland victims' families and friends, federal prosecutors in Florida said. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "Man sentenced for threatening Parkland families; victim's dad calls it 'precedent setting case'," 3 Mar. 2020 Mason Saunders isn’t the first alias adopted by an athlete trying to fly under the radar. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Madison Bumgarner’s rodeo hobby gets a thumbs-down from experts," 29 Feb. 2020 According to court records, Jackson is a habitual offender with 17 aliases who has been in and out of prison for most of his adult life for crimes including armed robbery, drug possession and assault. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit man convicted of sex trafficking; held women as slaves, drugged and beat them," 16 Jan. 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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Cite this Entry

“Alias.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alias. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for alias

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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