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

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 The 14-minute short finds a deepfake Donald Trump, voiced by Peter Serafinowicz, reporting news out of Cheyenne, Wyoming under the eponymous moniker. Zack Sharf, Variety, 9 Aug. 2022 Walker pointed to DeSantis’ Stop WOKE moniker for the law. Ryan Dailey, Orlando Sentinel, 8 Aug. 2022 Since March, Miller has uploaded two music videos to his YouTube channel – which is usually composed of reaction videos and other hijinks – under the moniker NOEL. Brenton Blanchet, Billboard, 5 Aug. 2022 The group’s first three albums, recorded under the Dixie Chicks moniker, were all independently made and released. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 July 2022 As its moniker implies, the 165-footer is the flagship of the new Mangusta REV series of maxi open yachts. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 27 July 2022 These pets get their moniker from having the same features — soft coats, button noses, and loving eyes — as the beloved toy. Samantha Lawyer, Woman's Day, 24 July 2022 Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Ben, and Viktor make up the Umbrella Academy, a team of sibling superheroes who earned their moniker based off of their childhood home, a former umbrella store. Seventeen, 22 July 2022 The two joked about swapping her J.Lo moniker for J.Aff, which doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. Sam Reed, Glamour, 18 July 2022 See More

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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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“Moniker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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