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 Captiva Island boasts pristine stretches of natural sand giving it the moniker (along with its sister island Sanibel) of seashell capital of the world. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, "Captiva Island: Why This Florida Oasis Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List," 19 Apr. 2021 The researchers say these comparisons also confirmed that the Monkeydactyl moniker was appropriate, showing the animal could have had the right musculature and joint flexibility for climbing. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "‘Monkeydactyl’ May Have Climbed Using Opposable Thumbs," 17 Apr. 2021 The pairing of actress and subject feels fated—Day, a recording artist, took her stage name from Holiday’s moniker, Lady Day—and her mimicry of Holiday’s plangent warble is convincing. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Oscars Spotlight: The Unusually Wide-Open Actress Races," 15 Apr. 2021 The Cavs also get a slight boost being in the weaker conference, which has lived up to that moniker early on, as seeds six, seven and eight all have below .500 records. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers reach crossroads of season with playoff hopes starting to fade," 7 Feb. 2021 The ever-appropriate moniker for his North Charleston business? Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Like the George Floyd witnesses, he saw police kill a man. Now, he's part of the system, demanding change," 11 Apr. 2021 Newspapers adopted the moniker. Protecting Doctors Since NICA’s inception, 1,238 families have petitioned for coverage, an average of three claims per month. Carol Marbin Miller, ProPublica, "When Births Go Horribly Wrong, Florida Protects Doctors and Forces Families to Pay the Price," 8 Apr. 2021 The moniker row comes after McConnell and other Republicans rejected much of the first of two sprawling infrastructure bills. John T. Bennett, Washington Examiner, "Biden, via spokeswoman, has a message for McConnell: Don't label me, bro," 6 Apr. 2021 Reddit user u/somekindofdruiddude pointed out Houston's newest moniker in a story from KPRC detailing the arrival of Google's first Houston office. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "11 nicknames I'd rather see for Houston than 'Silicon Bayou'," 1 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of moniker was in 1851

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29 Apr 2021

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“Moniker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of moniker

informal : a name or nickname

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