mon·i·ker | \ˈmä-ni-kər \
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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Most recently, Richmond officials decided to strip an elementary school of Stuart’s moniker last month and rename it after former president Barack Obama. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "The Confederate commander behind one of the greatest ‘what ifs’ of the Civil War," 7 July 2018 The rendering on the Bottleworks website depicts customers strolling along a street bedecked with sparkling lights, bright marquees in the vein of the Cabaret’s new Pennsylvania Street moniker and outdoor patios strung with festive fireplaces. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what's in store for the $300 million Bottleworks project on Mass Ave," 29 June 2018 Chef/owner, Scott Brown, who used his wife’s maiden name as its moniker, worked for Lily’s Seafood in Royal Oak for 13 years. Rene Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "New shops, breweries coming to Oakland County downtowns," 4 June 2018 However, the couple also entertained the idea of another meaningful longer moniker. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Reveals the Name They Wanted to Give Chicago West," 30 Apr. 2018 Now that the new royal baby‘s name has been revealed — Louis Arthur Charles — the speculation of each moniker’s significance has begun. Dana Rose Falcone,, "The Surprising Harry Potter Connection to the Royal Baby's Name!," 27 Apr. 2018 And despite finally learning the name of Kylie's new baby — Stormi Webster — the Internet still cannot stop sleuthing for hints about the origin of the unique moniker. Melissa Minton, Teen Vogue, "Stormi Webster's Name Might Be Connected to Butterflies After All," 8 Feb. 2018 Simmons even flexed for the crowd, one more performance worthy of the Big Ben moniker that will surely be crowned on him next week when the Sixers play in London. USA TODAY, "Simmons, Embiid lead 76ers in romp past Pistons, 114-78," 5 Jan. 2018 Tonto’s affectionate moniker for the Lone Ranger on the radio and TV series of that name. Marc Fisher,, "Dan Ingram, early 'Top 40' DJ known for biting humor, dies at 83," 29 June 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

: a name or nickname

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