pen name

noun

Definition of pen name

: an author's pseudonym

Examples of pen name in a Sentence

Samuel L. Clemens is better known by his pen name “Mark Twain.”
Recent Examples on the Web Signed more than 3 million times, it was created by author Jeanne Larson, who writes under the pen name Jeannie Depp and who did not respond to The Post’s request for comment. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 An award-winning writer, Wang Fang, who went by the pen name Fang Fang, posted a detailed diary of her daily life under lockdown, which was read widely in China and around the world. Joel Simon, The New Yorker, 25 Apr. 2022 Maude Newton, the ancestor after whom Maud (née Rebecca) chose her pen name, was described to her by her mother and grandmother as an idiosyncratic and irascible iconoclast, a woman who chose to live an independent life in Texas. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 The only significant reporting the Chinese public got was a first-person blog post written by a former investigative journalist known by her pen name, Jiang Xue. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 Hooks wrote under the pen name bell hooks after her great-grandmother Bell Blair Hooks. Michelle Garcia, NBC News, 15 Dec. 2021 Around this time, Chafkin writes, Thiel began reading essays by Curtis Yarvin, a computer programmer and blogger who uses the pen name Mencius Moldbug. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2021 Created in 1998, the national prize is named for novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens, known by his pen name Mark Twain. Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2022 The show is based on a series of books written by vet Alf Wight under the pen name of James Herriot. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 8 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pen name

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pen name was circa 1864

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15 May 2022

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“Pen name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pen%20name. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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pen name

noun

Kids Definition of pen name

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

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