from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See pen name.
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- 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)