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

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Examples of alias in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here’s the comic book backstory of her preferred alias — along with a look into Loki’s sexuality. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2021 Hoping to save his family, Alton appears on live radio to reveal the state’s hand in the drug epidemic facing his community as well as the alias of Franklin’s government contact. Jordan Mcdonald, Vulture, 10 June 2021 On the other hand, Jason Todd (Curran Walters) will abandon the Robin mantle, adopt the Red Hood alias, and become obsessed with taking down his former team. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, 28 Apr. 2021 On the reality show, players compete to become the most popular of the group for a cash prize, presenting as either their true selves or with a catfish alias. Quinci Legardye, Marie Claire, 15 Apr. 2021 Mail issues, such as messages sent from an incorrect alias have been sorted. David Phelan, Forbes, 24 May 2021 In Marvel lore, Contessa is eventually revealed to be a Russian sleeper agent for the terrorist group Leviathan, and she becomes known by the alias Madame Hydra. Nick Romano, EW.com, 19 Apr. 2021 Li, who owned a restaurant in Los Angeles, befriended Woo using an alias, Jenkins alleges. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, 2 Mar. 2021 In late 2017, Robinson released a five-track EP under an alias, Virtual Self: an homage to late-’90s and early-’00s rave music. Katie Bain, Billboard, 21 Apr. 2021

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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 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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