allonym

noun
al·​lo·​nym | \ ˈaləˌnim \
plural -s

Definition of allonym

1 : a name that is assumed by an author but that actually belongs to another person
2 : a work published under the name of a person other than the author

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First Known Use of allonym

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for allonym

French allonyme, from all- + -onyme -onym

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The first known use of allonym was in 1867

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“Allonym.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allonym. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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