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.”

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One is Winter’s Tales by Karen Blixen, better known by her pen name Isak Dinesen. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rupert Thomson Had The Worst Two Days of His Life in the Amazon," 13 July 2018 Liu's close friends Gao Yu, a veteran journalist in Beijing, and Wu Yangwei, better known by his pen name Ye Du, said Liu Xia was on a Finnair flight to Berlin that left Tuesday morning. NBC News, "Liu Xia, widow of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, leaves China," 10 July 2018 Liu's close friends Gao Yu, a veteran journalist in Beijing, and Wu Yangwei, better known by his pen name Ye Du, said Liu Xia took a Finnair flight to Berlin on Tuesday morning. Gerry Shih And Kirsten Grieshaber, chicagotribune.com, "China lets Nobel Prize winner's widow go to Berlin after long house arrest," 10 July 2018 His most famous pen name, W.E.B. Griffin, arose in the early 1980s. Kelly Kazek, AL.com, "Alabama has an interesting M*A*S*H connection, in addition to Wayne Rogers," 12 Mar. 2018 Her husband, known under the pen name Willy, recruits Colette to ghostwrite a novel to be published under his name. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Colette' Trailer: Keira Knightley Fights for Literary Ownership in Feminist Period Drama," 11 July 2018 Over the years many different writers worked on Nancy Drew’s stories, which were always published under the pen name of Carolyn Keene. Jennifer Fisher, Smithsonian, "The Adventurous Writer Who Brought Nancy Drew To Life," 2 July 2018 On Thursday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m., the festival will present an appearance by sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine, who live in Connecticut and Maryland, respectively, and write together using the pen name Liv Constantine. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Write Stuff: Charles Monagan Kicks Off CT Authors Trail, Avon's Author Fest Continues," 11 July 2018 Liu’s close friends Gao Yu, a veteran journalist in Beijing, and Wu Yangwei, better known by his pen name Ye Du, said Liu Xia left on a Finnair flight Tuesday morning. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "Nobel widow allowed to leave China after long house arrest," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of pen name

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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pen name

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pen name

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

pen name

noun

Kids Definition of pen name

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

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