pen name

noun
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of pen name

: an author's pseudonym

Examples of pen name in a Sentence

  1. Samuel L. Clemens is better known by his pen name “Mark Twain.”

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First Known Use of pen name

circa 1864

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PEN NAME Defined for English Language Learners

pen name

Definition of pen name for English Language Learners

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


PEN NAME Defined for Kids

pen name

noun

Definition of pen name for Students

: a false name that an author uses on his or her work


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