Definition of pseudonym
: a fictitious name; especially : pen name
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Examples of pseudonym in a Sentence
Mark Twain is the pseudonym of the American writer Samuel L. Clemens.
the most notorious serial killer of the 19th century remains known only by the pseudonym of Jack the Ripper
Recent Examples of pseudonym from the Web
Prosecutors, who think Shkreli may have continued his rant on Twitter under a pseudonym, also want the judge to bar him from tweeting further about the trial, according to the report.
The look, which draws its name from a trail mix pseudonym used by hikers, has been a surprise fixture on runways this spring.
Although every celebrity with an iconic stage name probably used a totally unique method to come up with their pseudonym of choice, Lorde recently explained her own (shockingly simple) decision-making process for her famous moniker.
Are the words not merely the pseudonyms of the taggers?
Street artist Banksy is known for his mysterious pseudonym and secret identity, with many thinking the person behind the moniker to be Bristol native Robin Gunningham.
Mack, who uses a pseudonym to protect her daughter’s identity, candidly discusses her hopes and fears regarding school, being a teenager, North Carolina’s bathroom bill and more.
Winner posted under a pseudonym, Sara Winners, but didn't seem concerned with concealing her identity, using a photo of herself as a profile picture and posting a selfie in February.
The use of bitcoins also helped shield the identity of suppliers and purchasers as well as Ulbricht and Silk Road employees, who used pseudonyms online.
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Did You Know?
Pseudonym, has its origins in the Greek word pseudōnymos, which means "bearing a false name." Greek speakers formed their word by combining pseud-, meaning "false," and onyma, meaning "name." French speakers adopted the Greek word as pseudonyme, and English speakers later modified the French word into pseudonym. Many celebrated authors have used pseudonyms. Samuel Clemens wrote under the pseudonym "Mark Twain," Charles Lutwidge Dodgson assumed the pseudonym "Lewis Carroll," and Mary Ann Evans used "George Eliot" as her pseudonym.
PSEUDONYM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pseudonym for English Language Learners
: a name that someone (such as a writer) uses instead of his or her real name
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