nom de plume

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

Definition of nom de plume

: a name that a writer uses instead of his or her real name : pseudonym, pen name Under her nom de plume, [Stacey] Abrams, 44, has published eight romantic thrillers …— Dartunorro Clark A woman's name on a book practically guarantees marginalization—which is why so many geniuses, from the Brontë sisters to George Sand and George Eliot, chose to use male noms de plume.— Erica Jong

Examples of nom de plume in a Sentence

He wrote under a nom de plume.
Recent Examples on the Web After all, the duo—better known under their collaborative nom de plume Rob and Mariel—are usually found preparing the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Cara Delevingne, and Lily Collins for the most prestigious red carpets in Hollywood. Liam Hess, Vogue, 7 May 2021 Over the past 21 years, Abrams has published eight romance novels under the nom de plume Selena Montgomery. Rosalind Bentley, Star Tribune, 14 June 2021 His musical nom de plume comes from the name of a storied Jacobean-era house in Wales. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2021 The former Georgia state representative, gubernatorial candidate, and political powerhouse who helped turn Georgia blue is also a successful romance novelist with eight books penned under her nom de plume Selena Montgomery. Elena Sheppard, Vogue, 8 Dec. 2020 This is a nom de plume, or pseudonym—like A. M. Barnard (a.k.a. Louisa May Alcott). Lillian Stone, The New Yorker, 29 Sep. 2020 After finding little success writing travel letters under the nom de plume Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass, Clemens left Cincinnati in February 1857 bound for New Orleans and en route learned how to navigate steamboats on the Mississippi River. Jeff Suess,, 29 Jan. 2020 Somewhere between Ann Landers and Dan Savage lives Sugar, the nom de plume of the writer Cheryl Strayed who, between 2010 and 2012, wrote an advice column for The Rumpus, an online literary magazine. Chris Jones,, 15 Sep. 2019 Natalia’s first novel appeared, in 1942, under a nom de plume, because Mussolini’s racial laws forbade Jews to publish books. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of nom de plume

1840, 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 : pen name

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