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 Édouard-Joseph Bourgeois, who designed several rooms at Villa Noailles under his moniker Djo-Bourgeois, built a space-saving storage module that hugs the contours of the stairwell. New York Times, 11 Oct. 2021 Paola Villaseñor, who goes by the moniker PANCA, has been creating pop-surrealist murals and paintings all over the region. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2021 The change, effective immediately, stripped the Patrick’s Point State Park moniker and restored its Indigenous Yurok name: Sue-meg. Lila Seidman, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Oct. 2021 The change, effective immediately, stripped the Patrick’s Point State Park moniker and restored its Indigenous Yurok name: Sue-meg. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021 In a new interview, the social star revealed his distaste for the moniker and said constantly being compared to Nick, Joe, and Kevin took a toll on his mental health. Rachel Yang,, 23 Apr. 2021 The association for years has reserved its powerful ‘March Madness’ brand for the men’s tourney, even though its trademark for the moniker extends to women’s games. Fortune, 23 Mar. 2021 Hunt can thank her older sister Raven Ray for the memorable moniker. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 20 Mar. 2021 In fact, many wines that would qualify for the moniker aren’t labeled as such. Jill Barth, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021

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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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14 Oct 2021

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“Moniker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of moniker

: a name or nickname

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