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

Definition of moniker

: name, nickname "Hoosier" is a common moniker for a resident of Indiana.

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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.

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As the boys grew up, so did the club, eventually becoming the London Mets (a name shortened from the youth team moniker, the Meteors, and not a nod to the more famous New York team). David Waldstein, New York Times, "Baseball in London? It’s a Real Thing, Even When the Yankees Aren’t Visiting," 26 June 2019 But beach books by men get other, less dismissive monikers; labels like mystery or legal thriller or fantasy or horror that describe without demeaning. Jennifer Weiner,, "Jennifer Weiner pens essay on beach reads for EW: 'I've tried to make peace with the label'," 17 June 2019 In the prior year, Macron had slashed the nation’s wealth tax and established a flat tax on capital gains, earning him the moniker président des riches. Stephen Paduano, The New Republic, "The Limits of Outrage Politics," 13 June 2019 This moniker seems unfair, considering her father, Henry VIII, put not only two of his wives but also fifty-seven thousand of his subjects to death. Longreads, "Demonology: A Woman’s Right to Fury," 10 June 2019 But second is the names of said colors: We are endlessly fascinated by the monikers given to certain hues and the origin stories behind them. Jeffrey Bauman, ELLE Decor, "This Paint Brand from Ireland Wants to Tell a Story with Every Color," 5 June 2019 Naturally, his classmates at the co-ed school have given him a cute moniker to go by. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Prince George Officially Has a Nickname from His Friends at School," 16 Apr. 2019 His inability to plant the royal seed became a vexing political issue, giving him the moniker that would accompany him into history books: Henry the Impotent. National Geographic, "To seize power in Spain, Queen Isabella had to play it smart," 28 Mar. 2019 To the viewers of that ad, Blankenship gave absolutely no context — letting people infer why a candidate for U.S. Senate would give an opponent such a moniker. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "‘Cocaine Mitch’: This West Virginia Senate GOP candidate takes anti-establishment politics off the rails," 1 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of moniker

informal : a name or nickname

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