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Examples of sobriquet in a Sentence
Baseball player Ty Cobb was also known by the sobriquet “The Georgia Peach.”
tagged her with the sobriquet “peanut” because of her diminutive size
Recent Examples of sobriquet from the Web
The group quickly received its own medieval sobriquet: the new Hansa League, a reference to the alliance of trading guilds that flourished along the shores of the Baltic and North Seas in the late Middle Ages.
Now, Sadr is poised to assume a new sobriquet: kingmaker, after leading a political coalition to what appeared to be an early lead in national elections in Iraq.
Bridgewater told the crowd, and one couldn’t have asked for a much more full-blooded expression of that sobriquet.
The Iroquois, who lived in Ontario and upstate New York, used the same sobriquet for the French-British boundary in the Seven Years’ War.
The sobriquet followed him throughout his career, which lasted through 1985 and included six All Star selections.
President Trump may be the most prolific name-caller in politics these days, but Gov. Jerry Brown offered a new sobriquet on Tuesday for a key member of the president's Cabinet, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
Billed as a British answer to the FBI, the NCA when mentioned to detectives tends to prompt another sobriquet: the Never Catch ’em Agency.
Duckworth had first tagged Trump with the sobriquet in January, after Trump accused Democrats of shutting down the government at the peril of the military.
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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.
SOBRIQUET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sobriquet for English Language Learners
: a name or phrase that describes the character of someone or something
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