from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See pen name.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pen name or pseudonym

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. literally, pen name; hence, a name assumed by an author as his or her signature.

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

  • n. an author's pseudonym


French : nom, name + de, of + plume, pen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined in English from French nom ("name") + de ("of") + plume ("feather"), by analogy with the borrowed nom de guerre. (Wiktionary)


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