alias

adverb
ali·​as | \ˈā-lē-əs, 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

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Helm support indicates that support for true Postfix virtual alias maps is coming, but not yet present. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Review: Helm Personal Server gets email self-hosting (almost) exactly right," 4 Dec. 2018 If you’re drawn to that kind of bright, whimsical art, McKenzie’s (whose artist alias is Mac Blackout) one night show this Saturday at Uncle Art Gallery is a must-see. Morgan Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Mac Blackout brings street art with a flair to Uncle Art Gallery," 13 July 2018 In 1892, 24-year-old Kate Morgan checked in under an alias, only to shoot and kill herself days later. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 But a week later, before Molina's arrest, Heburn used an alias Facebook account and reached out to Molina's girlfriend via Facebook Messenger, according to court records. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "She was supposed to keep her mouth shut. Now, this Miami juror faces prison for blabbing," 20 June 2018 According to Ri Myung, a former top North Korean official who has defected to the South and uses an alias, all of North Korea’s latest maneuvers have been conducted by influential Workers Party organ the Organization and Guidance Department (OGD). Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "All Signs Suggest North Korea's Kim Jong Un Really Wants to Make a Deal," 8 June 2018 The complaint detailed Orrego-Savala's numerous aliases, including the name given at the scene of the crash, Alex Cabrera. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Suspect in Colts' Edwin Jackson's death has been charged in federal court," 6 Feb. 2018 On Friday, the U.S. special counsel said Katenberg was an alias used by Lt. Raphael Satter, BostonGlobe.com, "Long-hidden hackers unmasked by special counsel investigation," 13 July 2018 On Friday, the U.S. special counsel said Katenberg was an alias used by Lt. Raphael Satter, chicagotribune.com, "Elusive Russian hackers unmasked by U.S. special counsel," 13 July 2018

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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

Latin, otherwise, from alius other — more at else

Noun

see alias entry 1

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

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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 \

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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