nom de plume

\ ˌnäm-di-ˈplüm \
plural noms de plume\ ˌnäm(z)-​di-​ˈplüm \

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Examples of nom de plume in a Sentence

He wrote under a nom de plume.

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Other examples include the philosopher David Lewis, who published a response to one of his own papers under the nom de plume Bruce Le Catt. Ars Technica, "The Journal of Controversial Ideas—academic freedom sans responsibility is reckless," 25 Nov. 2018 Or so says the website dedicated to her nom de plume, Selena Montgomery. Nicola Pardy,, "Stacey Abrams’ Alter Ego Might Be The Key To Winning Georgia’s Election," 25 May 2018 Generations of big league players were known strictly by colorful, descriptive or ironic nom de plumes. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "Great baseball nicknames now seen only once in a Blue Moon (Odom)," 4 Mar. 2018 Rising British musician Grace Shelley -- who records under the nom de plume Tyne -- makes passionate, minimal pop music that pulls influence from Frank Ocean and Purity Ring. Chris Payne, Billboard, "Rising UK Electro-Pop Artist Tyne Brings Hope to a Lover in 'I'd Like That' Video: Premiere," 21 Feb. 2018 Power Paola is the nom de plume of Paola Gaviria, whose life from conception to the cusp of adulthood is told with grace and self-irony in her autobiographical graphic novel, Virus Tropical, which has found readers in Latin America and Europe. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Virus Tropical': Film Review | Berlin 2018," 20 Feb. 2018 Wuthering Heights was published only one year prior, under the nom de plume Ellis Bell. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Ten Major Anniversaries Worth Traveling For This Year," 30 Jan. 2018 Her crafting nom de plume comes from the magpie bird, which, according to folklore, collects shiny little objects. Samantha Swindler,, "Portland woman creates vintage crafting empire with bits and bobs from the past," 27 Oct. 2017 The songbook, small enough to fit in the pocket of a pair of Levi’s, was compiled by an unsuccessful prospector named John A. Stone, who under the nom de plume Old Put, wrote many of the tunes. Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, "A trove of songs from the Gold Rush in 2 performances," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of nom de plume

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nom de plume

French, pen name; probably coined in English

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English Language Learners Definition of nom de plume

: a name used by a writer instead of the writer's real name

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