by·​name | \ ˈbī-ˌnām How to pronounce byname (audio) \

Definition of byname

1 : a secondary name
2 : nickname

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Examples of byname in a Sentence

Thomas Edward Lawrence is better known to most people by his byname, Lawrence of Arabia.

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Robert the Wise was a good teacher — and, as his byname suggests, a good role model. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of byname

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of byname was in the 14th century

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