sobriquet

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noun so·bri·quet \ˈsō-bri-ˌkā, -ˌket; ˌsō-bri-ˈkā, -ˈket\
variants: or less commonly

\ˈsō-bri-ˌkā, -ˌket, ˈsü-; ˌsō-bri-ˈkā, -ˈket, ˌsü-\

Definition of sobriquet

  1. :  a descriptive name or epithet :  nickname

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Examples of sobriquet in a Sentence

  1. Baseball player Ty Cobb was also known by the sobriquet The Georgia Peach.

  2. tagged her with the sobriquet peanut because of her diminutive size

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Did You Know?

This synonym of nickname has the same meaning in modern French as it does in English. In Middle French, however, its earlier incarnation soubriquet referred to both a nickname and a tap under the chin. Centuries later, the connection between these two meanings isn't clear, but what is clear is that the "nickname" meaning of sobriquet was well established in French by the time English speakers borrowed the term in the mid-17th century - and was the only meaning that was adopted. In current English, the spelling sobriquet is most common, but soubriquet is also an accepted variant.

Origin and Etymology of sobriquet

French


First Known Use: 1646


SOBRIQUET Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of sobriquet for English Language Learners

  • : a name or phrase that describes the character of someone or something



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