self-ap·​point·​ed ˌself-ə-ˈpȯin-təd How to pronounce self-appointed (audio)
: appointed by oneself : self-proclaimed

Examples of self-appointed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soccer is not only conditioned to believe that every wave is there to be ridden, but economically structured so that anything new or bright or promising is immediately acquired by the game’s (often self-appointed) great and good. Rory Smith, New York Times, 24 May 2024 Her famed moniker was self-appointed and even her accent was a product of her own creation. Mikelle Street, Essence, 22 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-appointed was in 1662

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“Self-appointed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: appointed by oneself usually without qualifications
a self-appointed guardian

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