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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Over the course of several months, the Threat Cell labored to match online actors with their actual names, establishing, for example, that the hacker who went by the moniker UglyGorilla was actually a pudgy-faced man named Wang Dong. Mara Hvistendahl, WSJ, "‘Dawn of the Code War’ Review: The Cyber Threat Reconsidered," 3 Dec. 2018 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images John McCain, one of the titans of the United States Senate and a man who truly earned the moniker, died at age 81 on Saturday from brain cancer. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The Senate is mourning John McCain after his death.," 26 Aug. 2018 However, Markle was not the only attendee this year to pass on wearing the moniker accessory. Eileen Reslen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Did Meghan Markle Break Protocol at the Royal Ascot by Not Wearing Her Name Pin?," 19 June 2018 One is about a well on the family ranch that exploded in 1980, burning stupendously and earning the moniker the Brunson Burner. Jeffrey Ball, Fortune, "Photographing The Permian Basin," 25 May 2018 With its imagination-seizing moniker, the 13-mile, double loop trail just a mile north of State Route 260 in Linden (near Show Low) lives up to expectations with a trip through breezy rangeland and piñon-juniper woodlands. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Arizona hike: Ghost of the Coyote Trail has spooky name, heavenly views," 24 May 2018 Whoever buys the rights could have their moniker blasted in a movie marquee-type style above the main entrance on the Walnut side of the location, Anderson said. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "The new Phoenix Theatre is built like an energy-efficient bunker. Here's what you need to know.," 28 Apr. 2018 The royal family traditionally chooses from a group of historic monikers that pay tribute to past relatives. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Expecting Their First Child," 15 Oct. 2018 As for the local ultimate frisbee team of the same moniker? Evan Webeck, The Seattle Times, "Sockeyes or Totems? Announcing the winner of our (unofficial) tournament to name Seattle’s NHL team," 8 Oct. 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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