Definitions

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  • n. A secondary name for a person or thing; a person's surname.
  • n. A nickname.
  • n. A pseudonym; nom-de-plume.
  • n. A ritual title for a god or goddess used in Heathenry.
  • v. To assign a byname to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To give a nickname to.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)

Etymologies

From Middle English, equivalent to by- +‎ name. Cognate with Dutch bijnaam ("nickname"), German Beiname ("nickname, epithet"). (Wiktionary)

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