so-called

adjective \ ˈsō-ˈkȯld \
1 : commonly named
  • the so-called pocket veto
2 : falsely or improperly so named
  • deceived by a so-called friend

First Known Use of so-called

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SO-CALLED Defined for English Language Learners

so-called

  • —used to indicate the name that is commonly or usually used for something

  • —used to indicate a name or description that you think is not really right or suitable


SO-CALLED Defined for Kids

so-called

adjective \ ˈsō-ˈkȯld \
: commonly or wrongly named
  • a so-called friend


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