nom de guerre

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

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an acerbic and provocative blogger known to most only by her online nom de guerre
Recent Examples on the Web The captain, who goes by the nom de guerre Zin Yaw, or Seagull, is a 20-year military veteran who deserted in March and now trains opposition forces. David Rising And,, 30 Dec. 2021 Mazloum, who goes by a nom de guerre, struck a cautious but optimistic tone about the future of the U.S. presence here. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, whose nom de guerre is Abu Zubaydah, was captured in Pakistan in March 2002. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 Observers say that by denying Palestinians the ability to voice their grievances and views through the ballot box, Mr. Abbas, whose nom de guerre is Abu Mazen, only increased the pressures that erupted with Mr. Banat’s killing. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 June 2021 But perhaps one of the most remarkable of all is the story of Manfred Gans, an orthodox Jew from Borken, Germany who transformed into a near superman under the nom de guerre Fred Gray. Leah Garrett, Time, 21 June 2021 The commander, Dmytro Kotsyubaylo — his nom de guerre is Da Vinci — jokes that the fighters feed it the bones of Russian-speaking children, a reference to Russian state media tropes about the evils of Ukrainian nationalists. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2021 Sahidjuan, who uses the nom de guerre Apuh Mike, has been blamed for carrying out ransom kidnappings since the early 1990s. Jim Gomez, Star Tribune, 21 Mar. 2021 Since mid-January, Bahamas — the nom de guerre of singer-songwriter-musician Afie Jurvanen — has been re-creating songs off his latest album, the eclectic Sad Hunk, with a rotating cast of guest players for the performance series Live to Tape. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of nom de guerre

1680, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nom de guerre

French, literally, war name

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The first known use of nom de guerre was in 1680

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12 Jan 2022

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