mon·​i·​ker ˈmä-ni-kər How to pronounce moniker (audio)
variants or less commonly monicker
plural monikers also monickers
: 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 In the early 2000s, Thompson, Kramer, and bassist Michael Davis embarked on a world tour under the moniker DKT/MC5. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 9 May 2024 In fact, the winningest and most beloved head coach in Carolina Panthers history will probably always hold that moniker around here. Alex Zietlow, Charlotte Observer, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for moniker 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of moniker was in 1851

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“Moniker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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