sobriquet

noun
so·​bri·​quet | \ ˈsō-bri-ˌkā How to pronounce sobriquet (audio) , -ˌket; ˌsō-bri-ˈkā, -ˈket How to pronounce sobriquet (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈsō-​bri-​ˌkā How to pronounce sobriquet (audio) , -​ˌket , ˈsü-​ ; ˌsō-​bri-​ˈkā , -​ˈket , ˌsü-​ \

Definition of sobriquet

: a descriptive name or epithet : nickname

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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.

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 on the Web Their show’s snappy title, wrapping recent art by 16 women within a familiar sobriquet shrouded with hostility in order to defuse it, is anything but a coincidence. Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2021 Many, in interviews, decline to give their full names or offer a street sobriquet, for reasons that are probably obvious. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2021 But even without the perfect sobriquet, each of us can make surprises happen. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Sep. 2021 That might be a stretch, but the sobriquet must have stuck in the mind of Cumberland, Md., native Paul E. Welsh, a proud and die-hard Marylander. John Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 28 June 2021 That might be a stretch, but the sobriquet must have stuck in the mind of Cumberland, Md., native Paul E. Welsh, a proud and die-hard Marylander. John Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 28 June 2021 That might be a stretch, but the sobriquet must have stuck in the mind of Cumberland, Md., native Paul E. Welsh, a proud and die-hard Marylander. John Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 28 June 2021 That might be a stretch, but the sobriquet must have stuck in the mind of Cumberland, Md., native Paul E. Welsh, a proud and die-hard Marylander. John Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 28 June 2021 That might be a stretch, but the sobriquet must have stuck in the mind of Cumberland, Md., native Paul E. Welsh, a proud and die-hard Marylander. John Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of sobriquet

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sobriquet

French

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“Sobriquet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sobriquet. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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sobriquet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sobriquet

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

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