American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fictitious name; a pseudonym.
- n. A pseudonym.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. literally, war name; hence, a fictitious name, or one assumed for a time.
- n. a fictitious name used when the person performs a particular social role
- French, literally "name of war", referring to the pseudonyms used during wars. (Wiktionary)
- French : nom, name + de, of + guerre, war. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Smith’ -- supposed to be the nom de guerre of Dr. Secker, Bishop of Oxford.”
“Under the nom de guerre "the Kid," his most bloody and desperate deeds were wroughtÂ—a name which will live in the annals of daring crime so long as those of Dick Turpin and Claude Duval shall be remembered.”
The Authentic Life of Billy The Kid
“Brigadier General Edward Johnson held the crest of the Allegheny Mountains with a small contingent and had beaten off one attack with so much success that he had received the nom de guerre "Allegheny" Johnson.”
“Need I add that he flirts with predestination under the quasi-scientific nom de guerre of determinism - that he seems to be convinced that, while men may not be responsible for their virtues, they are undoubtedly responsible for their offendings, and deserve to be clubbed therefor? ...”
“Abu Amar was a nom de guerre for a thirty-eight-year-old Palestinian whose real name was Yasir Arafat.”
1968 the Year that Rocked the World
“Here I first made the acquaintance of Samuel L. Clemens, who was then beginning to earn fame for his nom de guerre of Mark Twain as a writer on the staff of the Territorial Enterprise, of which Joseph T. Goodman was the editor.”
“As soon as they heard this premonitory crepitation (which, I suppose, they were wont to consider as a providential forewarning of danger, like the rattle of the rattle-snake) one of the fencemakers, whose nom de guerre was Dog, skulked into a corner and was passed by.”
“Long, long ago, in the old hard-up, struggling days — two cousins, sharing a tiny flat: Louise Barr and Vanda Lane whose names had been woven at last into that lovely nom de guerre — Louvaine.”
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