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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Sixty-one boys and girls, ages 7 to 14, will speed down the street in their aerodynamically designed, made-from-scratch or recycled wooden crate race cars, each with a distinctive moniker. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "10 things to do in San Diego this weekend: Mariachi concert, Summergrass San Diego, Chula Vista HarborFest," 16 Aug. 2019 Ironically enough, Harold's wife was named Jenna, a moniker Laura decided to pass on to the Today star. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Jenna Bush Hager Reveals the Emotional Meaning Behind Her Son's Name," 5 Aug. 2019 His wife, Lillian, suggested Mickey as a more endearing moniker. Brenda Yenke,, "Mickey’s world transcends the decades: Yenke Peddler antiques," 1 Aug. 2019 Wisconsin Hurley: Six months after dropping its controversial nickname, a northern Wisconsin high school has a new moniker. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 Kimono was originally slated to launch in July, and per Kim's note, will likely still do so—but under a new moniker. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian West Will Relaunch Her "Kimono" Line Under a New Name," 1 July 2019 What if your name, a moniker that once stood for a shrewd, apolitical and staccato-styled observer of human behavior, is now viewed as a baked-in and widely unwelcome ideological position? Chris Jones,, "For ‘Bitter Wheat,’ David Mamet chose to write about Harvey Weinstein. It deserves the slams — but is different from what you’ve heard," 25 June 2019 This isn't a traditional royal moniker, as many predicted the Sussexes would go with. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Here's Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Decided to Name Their Son Archie," 8 May 2019 De Gier also described a second shrimp that was discovered during the 2009 expedition and named it Odontonia plurellicola, which, sadly, is not a moniker inspired by Middle-earth. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Introducing a Hairy-Footed Shrimp Named After Bilbo Baggins," 13 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

informal : a name or nickname

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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