mon·​i·​ker | \ ˈmä-ni-kər How to pronounce moniker (audio) \
variants: or less commonly monicker
plural monikers also monickers

Definition of moniker

: name, nickname "Hoosier" is a common moniker for a resident of Indiana. Twentysomethings. Generation X. Slackers. Why isn't there a standard moniker for the flannel-clad, grunge-happy, jaded, cynical loafers born in the Sixties and Seventies?— James Aley Living up to the exclamation mark occasionally inserted into her moniker, P!nk belts loudly, raps lustily, moans orgasmically, and, unlike Britney, is altogether believable as an out-of-control party monster.— David Browne More than a half-dozen automakers have announced electric pickup trucks, and Ford has chosen the Mustang monicker for its new compact electric SUV.— Bill Howard

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Examples of moniker in a Sentence

He earned the moniker “Gator” from his days wrestling alligators in Florida. I think “Happy” is an appropriate moniker for someone who smiles so much.
Recent Examples on the Web Despite his company’s moniker, there seemed nothing expert about this operation. J. David Mcswane, ProPublica, "How Profit and Incompetence Delayed N95 Masks While People Died at the VA," 1 May 2020 Whatever its moniker, Horton Bay was the hub of Hemingway's adolescent summers. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1993 Land Rover Defender 110 Heads North," 24 Mar. 2020 So, going forward, the Department will take on a new moniker. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Full text: Arizona Gov. Ducey's 2020 State of the State speech," 13 Jan. 2020 Working from what might be considered the opposite premise, the Oriental Institute has on the occasion of its centennial given itself a coy new moniker: The OI. Lori Waxman,, "The year in art was explosive, scene-changing and expanded far beyond the walls of galleries. Here’s a look at some things that mattered in 2019," 11 Dec. 2019 The shift from pure P2P has earned these firms a new moniker: marketplace lenders (MPL). The Economist, "Created to democratise credit, P2P lenders are going after big money," 5 Dec. 2019 In fact, Boomerangs' name comes from a moniker that stuck to Rice at one of his earlier gigs as a bartender. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Boomerangs Bar & Grill, a new sports bar, opens in downtown Waukesha," 3 Sep. 2019 Actress and model Kate Upton can add a new moniker to her list of roles: Mom. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Kate Upton Just Welcomed Her First Baby—and It's a Girl," 11 Nov. 2018 Invented some 30 years ago in Great Britain, the tubtrug’s curious moniker is portmanteau of tub and trug, the latter being a shallow wooden basket invented in Sussex in 1820 and used by gardeners and farmers. Sunset Magazine, "This 12-Dollar Utility Bucket Is a Sunset Editor’s Secret Weapon for Gardening," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of moniker

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moniker

probably from Shelta (language of Irish itinerants) mŭnnik, modification of Irish ainm

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12 May 2020

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“Moniker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of moniker

informal : a name or nickname

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