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 In addition to Jessica Drew, other characters in the universe have adopted the Spider-Woman alias, including Mattie Franklin and Julia Carpenter. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Olivia Wilde Is Directing a Marvel Movie, Reportedly Featuring Spider-Woman," 17 Sep. 2020 In 2020, the producer has released a series of acid house EPs under his Love Regenerator alias, with this latest single borrowing elements of that sound while also evoking the heavy R&B vibe of his 2017 LP, Funk Wave Bounces Vol. 1. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Calvin Harris & The Weeknd Drop Their Collab 'Over Now': Listen," 28 Aug. 2020 An assistant coach, Justin Hager, was discovered giving game strategies and injury reports to opposing coaches for three years while in the program, operating under an alias in a Yahoo email account. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Eric Lauer out to restore 'swag' in return to Mountain Pointe football," 15 Aug. 2020 Spoilers ahead, but Jamie Foxx’s character in Project Power is almost Luke Cage, whose alias is literally Power-Man. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Project Power Is a Secret Lesson About Science's Dark Side," 13 Aug. 2020 Guy Beahm, better known by his on-air alias Dr Disrespect, returned to live streaming Friday afternoon, more than a month after his multi-million dollar exclusivity deal with Twitch was summarily terminated. Elise Favis, Washington Post, "Dr Disrespect returns to live streaming on YouTube, offers no new info on Twitch ban," 7 Aug. 2020 The username is a reference to his Facebook alias, Spike Wells, as well as his favorite DJ, Deadmau5. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Had a Secret Instagram Account With a Hilarious Handle," 27 July 2020 According to Scobie and Durand, SpikeyMau5 is actually Prince Harry's alias. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry's Secret Instagram Account Revealed," 26 July 2020 As Thor, who's been operating under his human alias, Donald Blake (another inspiration from the comics), gamers will use his array of godly Asgardian abilities to fight A.I.M.'s robotic contraptions taking over the helicarrier. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Marvel's Avengers reveals MODOK as villain in extensive game footage," 24 June 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 1 Oct. 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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