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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Maybe they provided Wulfstan, who used as his pseudonym the name Lupus, the Wolf, with ready sources of illustration.
▪ "Saki" was the pseudonym of the writer H.H.Monroe.
▪ Charlotte Brontë wrote under the pseudonym of Currer Bell.
▪ Morton wrote a weekly column in "The Daily Telegraph' under the pseudonym "Beachcomber'.
▪ Do you want to name your own pseudonym?
▪ Gattegno Sleaze scandal moves closer to Chirac President claims that cash payments and pseudonyms were used for security reasons Herve
▪ It was for this reason that he did not emerge from behind the mask of his pseudonym.
▪ Several persons are identified by pseudonyms to protect their privacy or that of their families.
▪ The first member of the patrol to go into print was Andy McNab, a pseudonym of its leader.
▪ The shelf above the television is cluttered with empty methadone bottles bearing our pseudonyms.
▪ We have generous methadone prescriptions under pseudonyms.
▪ With his self-importance and his pseudonyms, it is almost a surprise to find that he had considerable political influence.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pseudonym \Pseu"do*nym\, n. [Cf. F. pseudonyme. See Pseudonymous.] A fictitious name assumed for the time, as by an author; a pen name; an alias. [Written also pseudonyme.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1828, in part a back-formation from pseudonymous, in part from German pseudonym and French pseudonyme (adj.), from Greek pseudonymos "having a false name, under a false name," from pseudes "false" (see pseudo-) + onyma, Aeolic dialectal variant of onoma "name" (see name (n.)).\n

\n"Possibly a dictionary word" at first [Barnhart]. Fowler calls it "a queer out-of-the-way term for an everyday thing." Properly in reference to made-up names; the name of an actual author or person of reputation affixed to a work he or she did not write is an allonym. An author's actual name affixed to his or her own work is an autonym (1867).


n. A fictitious name, as those used by writers and movie stars.


n. a fictitious name used when the person performs a particular social role [syn: anonym, nom de guerre]


A pseudonym ( and ) or alias is a name that a person or group assumes for a particular purpose, which can differ from their original or true name ( orthonym). Pseudonyms include stage names and user names (both called screen names), ring names, pen names, nicknames, aliases, superhero identities and code names, gamer identifications, and regnal names of emperors, popes, and other monarchs. Historically, they have often taken the form of anagrams, Graecisms, and Latinisations, although there are many other methods of choosing a pseudonym.

Pseudonyms are most usually adopted to hide an individual's real identity, as with writers' pen names, graffiti artists' tags, resistance fighters' or terrorists' noms de guerre, and computer hackers' handles. Actors, musicians, and other performers sometimes use stage names, for example, to mask their ethnic backgrounds.

In some cases, pseudonyms are adopted because they are part of a cultural or organisational tradition: for example devotional names used by members of some religious institutes, and "cadre names" used by Communist party leaders such as Trotsky and Lenin.

A pseudonym may also be used for personal reasons: for example, an individual may prefer to be called or known by a name that differs from their given or legal name, but is not ready to take the numerous steps to get their name legally changed; or an individual may simply feel that the context and content of an exchange offer no reason, legal or otherwise, to provide their given or legal name.

A collective name or collective pseudonym is one shared by two or more persons, for example the co-authors of a work, such as Ellery Queen, or Nicolas Bourbaki.

Pseudonym (band)

Pseudonym [sju:dənim], is an alternative rock band, based in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The band was formed in 2006, with an outright inclination towards progressive and alternative music.

Pseudonym was established when Sompratim, Devapriya, and Rajan, who previously worked together as band members decided to work together.

Usage examples of "pseudonym".

That had been the first appearance of the pseudonym Ned Buntline, a name taken from the line attached to the bottom of a square-rigged sail.

His name was, and is, a secret known to only a few, but as his best-known pseudonym is the Reverend Jim de Licious, we shall know him by this name alone.

Could you extend your hand in fellowship, in friendship, in loveship to the one-dimensional promise of a pseudonym?

I think it is highly significant that even after the frenzy created by the Jack the Ripper pseudonym, the writer of the Lusk letter does not use it.

Gordon Daviot pseudonym, and it introduced the character of Inspector Grant, familiar now from the Tey novels.

Just as Clara Gazul is the female pseudonym of a distinguished male writer, George Sand the masculine pseudonym of a woman of genius, so Camille Maupin was the mask behind which was long hidden a charming young woman, very well-born, a Breton, named Felicite des Touches, the person who was now causing such lively anxiety to the Baronne du Guenic and the excellent rector of Guerande.

Scotist, Thomist, Realist, Nominalist, Papist, Calvinist, Molinist, Jansenist, are only pseudonyms.

Lousteau, warned by his fellow-schoolfellows, who could not remember Jan Diaz, waited for information from Sancerre, and learned that Jan Diaz was a pseudonym assumed by a woman.

Leaving Poppy in bed, he plugged in his computer, accessed his e-mail, then ran a quick search of Cindy pseudonyms.

In the long tradition of alchemists who chose to write treatises on their subject, the author had assigned himself a flamboyant pseudonym.

White Castle people beyond the home office managers who actually hired her knew the name Ella Louise Agniel, because from the first moment of her employment, Agniel was given the pseudonym Julia Joyce for all her official company duties.

It hard to say because so much of his early stuff appeared under pseudonyms of one sort or another, but an undoubted story of his appeared in 1941 when he was twenty-one.

Another thing in her favor was the inherent difficulty ancients seemed to have in understanding the importance of technology, which to her meant commissioning a computer database, based on her own design, that could access and cross-reference real estate records, land titles, newspaper reports, census information, birth and death certificates, and maps, scanning them for known identities and pseudonyms of the so-called Ruling Class.

Richard Roe and John Doe, legal pseudonyms used by the Court to describe unidentified people in a legal warrant.

Horsey, horsey catkins,'' snarled Hoskins desperately searching for a pseudonym that would deceive anyone listening in on the switchboard.