pseudonym

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noun pseu·do·nym \ˈsü-də-ˌnim\

Definition of pseudonym

  1. :  a fictitious name; especially :  pen name

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Examples of pseudonym in a Sentence

  1. Mark Twain is the pseudonym of the American writer Samuel L. Clemens.

  2. the most notorious serial killer of the 19th century remains known only by the pseudonym of Jack the Ripper

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.

Origin and Etymology of pseudonym

French pseudonyme, from Greek pseudōnymos bearing a false name, from pseud- + onyma name — more at name


First Known Use: 1817




PSEUDONYM Defined for English Language Learners

pseudonym

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noun pseu·do·nym \ˈsü-də-ˌnim\

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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