nom de guerre


plural noms de guerre ˌnäm(z)-di-ˈger How to pronounce nom de guerre (audio)

Examples of nom de guerre in a Sentence

an acerbic and provocative blogger known to most only by her online nom de guerre
Recent Examples on the Web On those two missions — plus another raid on a pair of Germain aircraft plants near Marienburg on October 9 that Orloff hasn’t dramatized — the 100th Bomb Group earned its morbid nom de guerre, losing nearly half its airmen in just three disastrous days. Chris Klimek, Vulture, 9 Feb. 2024 But Girkin, whose nom de guerre is Igor Strelkov, was never arrested in Russia over the plane incident, which killed all 298 passengers and crew members onboard. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024 Afterward, said a militant who identified himself only as Ahmad, the Israeli intelligence officer responsible for the area, who goes by the nom de guerre Captain Iyad, called fighters’ relatives. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 The space reverberates with the hum of 3D printers—the devices that gave 3D his nom de guerre. WIRED, 29 Sep. 2023 Utkin was long believed to have founded Wagner and baptized the group with his nom de guerre. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 28 Aug. 2023 The passenger manifest also included Prigozhin’s second-in-command, who baptized the group with his nom de guerre, as well as Wagner’s logistics chief, a fighter wounded by U.S. airstrikes in Syria and at least one possible bodyguard. Emma Burrows, Aamer Madhani, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2023 Utkin's nom de guerre, Wagner — a reference of Richard Wagner, Adolf Hitler's favorite composer — inspired the name for the mercenary army, The New York Times reported. Peter Weber, The Week, 23 Aug. 2023 Girkin, who is also known by his nom de guerre Igor Strelkov, is an ex-officer of the Federal Security Service, or FSB. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 21 July 2023

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Word History


French, literally, war name

First Known Use

1680, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nom de guerre was in 1680

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“Nom de guerre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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