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 But the moniker was deserved, say those who know Floyd well. Washington Post, "Communities and companies made money off George Floyd’s imprisonment. Inside, Floyd withered.," 19 Oct. 2020 The 35-10 handling of the Kansas City Chiefs kicked off a new era of pro football and helped give Green Bay the Titletown moniker. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These are the nine other times the Packers started the season 3-0 in the Super Bowl era," 28 Sep. 2020 Its name is also the source of Wrestlethon’s somewhat unwieldy moniker — because a young woman, Dorathy Livengood, who had worked there provided the continuity between the old and new venues. Paula Allen,, "San Antonio’s Wrestlethon gave a longtime home to the sport it helped popularize," 5 Sep. 2020 Twenty years after its debut, though, the Nokia 3310 still wears the moniker proudly. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Here's the Real Reason You Miss the Nokia 3310," 1 Sep. 2020 Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill unveiled the moniker on a Zoom call with reporters Tuesday about an hour before the team faced the Orioles at Camden Yards in its first game in more than a week. Nathan Ruiz,, "Mattress pitching, Zoom calls and ‘unprecedented’ roster moves: How the Marlins returned from a COVID-19 outbreak," 5 Aug. 2020 The future champion was sired by Daredevil, so the moniker fit a theme. Childs Walker,, "As the lone filly in Preakness field, Swiss Skydiver brings her road-warrior spirit to Pimlico," 2 Oct. 2020 When Victoria Beckham burst onto the scene with the Spice Girls in the ’90s, her personal style certainly matched her moniker, Posh Spice. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How to Re-Create Victoria Beckham’s Best Minimalist Looks From the ’90s," 30 Sep. 2020 Like Retirement Insider, the Republican House Committee is not a new moniker. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, " is shut down by US regulators after years of allegedly scamming seniors," 25 Sep. 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Moniker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of moniker

informal : a name or nickname

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