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 soubriquet (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

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But in a Monday post to MASK's Facebook page, organizers rejected the sobriquet. The Washington Post,, "Two mothers who fought gun violence for years were shot and killed in Chicago," 30 July 2019 In May 2017, a young hacker who goes by the sobriquet MalwareTech singlehandedly saved the world from the devastating WannaCry ransomware outbreak. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security News This Week: WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins Won't Go to Jail for Old Hacking Crimes," 27 July 2019 Critics called it the Blue Whale, a sobriquet Pelli embraced. Los Angeles Times, "Cesar Pelli’s Pacific Design Center changed the L.A. landscape. In a good way?," 20 July 2019 Eventually taking her destiny into her own hands and adopting a sobriquet that expressed her life’s purpose, Sojourner Truth traveled the country telling the terrible truth of slavery. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Tales of Bravery and Brilliance," 8 Nov. 2018 Among his Tour colleagues Donald has earned the sobriquet Mr. Plod. Harry Hurt, Town & Country, "T&C Profile: Luke Donald," 8 Apr. 2014 Exclusive but not elite, it was stigmatized with the sobriquet University of Spoiled Children. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All?," 10 July 2018 His first sobriquet was Prince Cartier, a twist on his last name, but also indicative of a budding interest in fashion and luxury brands. Ben Detrick, New York Times, "Playboi Carti Conquers the Paris Runway," 29 June 2018 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. Simon Nixon, WSJ, "Charlemagne to the Rescue," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of sobriquet

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sobriquet was in 1646

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English Language Learners Definition of sobriquet

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

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