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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That moniker, of course, is most often associated with legendary pitcher Tom Seaver, who won a World Series with the Mets in 1969. Chuck Schilken,, "Tom Brady says trademark was meant to stop folks from calling him ‘Tom Terrific’," 6 June 2019 The restaurant will carry a new moniker — 1194 — which denotes the restaurant's original founding date in November 1994. Randy Tucker,, "Original Teak owners hope to lead Mount Adams' comeback with new restaurant," 5 June 2019 While most reactions focused on the first and middle monikers (particularly, the first’s association with a beloved American comic-book character) others noticed what wasn’t included: a royal title. Vogue, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Son, Archie, Doesn’t Have a Royal Title," 16 May 2019 This is almost exactly two years after the Russian hacking group known under a variety of monikers, including APT29 and Cozy Bear, sent a similar barrage of emails that targeted many of the same industries, FireEye said in a blog post. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Russia’s Cozy Bear comes out of hiding with post-election spear-phishing blitz," 20 Nov. 2018 No matter how much blue blood flows through your veins, no one, no one, is throwing out a multi-moniker like that in casual conversation. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Cath, Wombat, and Cabbage: The Nicknames of the British Royal Family," 16 Aug. 2018 Earlier this week, Meghan Markle gave birth to her first child with husband Prince Harry, and ever since the royal couple announced his name—Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor—the world has been trying to figure out the moniker's origins. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Prince Harry Dropped a Hint About Baby Archie’s Name Back in October," 10 May 2019 Now, in somewhat of a twist on the form, Dua Lipa is wholeheartedly embracing the moniker. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Dua Lipa Is the New Goth Girlfriend of Instagram," 21 Mar. 2019 Bolt d’Oro, the horse with the sportsiest and best name in the 2018 Kentucky Derby according to one writer, almost had another sports connection with its moniker. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Bolt d'Oro, named for Usain Bolt, was almost named after Conor McGregor," 4 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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