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 With her new moniker and album, Duluth's Sarah Krueger is poised to break out beyond the Midwest this year. Star Tribune, "6 cool things in music this week include the ACM Awards, Cher, Jimmy Buffett, Morgan Wade and Lanue," 23 Apr. 2021 The restaurant’s name is a play on her moniker – ‘The Blind Cook’ – combined with her astrological sign in the Vietnamese zodiac. Julia M. Chan, CNN, "‘The Blind Cook’ conquered ‘MasterChef’ and won over Gordon Ramsay. Now she’s serving up her first restaurant," 22 Apr. 2021 As its moniker implies, this line celebrates the history of the storied Italian outfit, which was established by Edoardo Spreafico in the late ‘80. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "Meet Falcon Legacy, a 131-Foot Superyacht Shaped Like a Giant Torpedo," 5 Apr. 2021 The Theatre Building, run for years by Ruth Higgins, Schaeffer’s widow, also produced new musicals under its own New Tuners moniker. Chris Jones,, "Big changes coming for the off-Loop theater Stage 773: ‘Willy Wonka meets Burning Man’," 30 Mar. 2021 Will Subaru extend its new Wilderness moniker to the Forester? John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness Is Bold, Brash, and Capable," 30 Mar. 2021 The first true day of March Madness has returned after a two-year hiatus, and the men's NCAA Tournament first round is undoubtedly delivering the excitement tied to its moniker. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "March Madness: Winners and losers from the men's NCAA tournament first round," 20 Mar. 2021 Burns — a Canadian director who also wrote, shot, edited, designed the visual effects, and co-composed the drifty, droney, dreamy score under his moniker Pilotpriest — films the world around Sarah in dim light, the colors muted. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "Come True Will Haunt Your Dreams and Ruin Your Nights," 12 Mar. 2021 Hailing from Brazil, Portugal and Angola, the group earned their moniker from their common tongue. John Harris, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a Cuban Spy Sabotaged New York’s Thriving Illicit Slave Trade," 8 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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11 May 2021

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“Moniker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of moniker

informal : a name or nickname

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