from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of sobriquet.
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- n. Alternative spelling of sobriquet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See sobriquet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See sobriquet.
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)
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I have not done so because elsewhere a soubriquet is always explicitly accounted for in the Commentary, and here nothing is said.
These nicknames of affection or derision, from the French slang soubriquet, “a chuck under the chin,” enlivened the political language of a previous era.
But, for the record, I prefer Michael Jackson's account, if for no other reason than he uses the word "soubriquet", which is pretty badass if you ask me.
It is almost needless to add that this cane derives its 'soubriquet' of
Sobriquet is the French form yet "soubriquet" has made the dictionary as a variant.
So he may appreciate the paradox of his lightning ascent in his second calling – not to mention the mutterings of those press-box colleagues who have toiled diligently for years without recognition from their trade's association and remember the days when they called him Captain Grumpy, a soubriquet he did his best to live up to.
Mann, arguably America's greatest living photographer, whose work ranges widely through form and subject matter, has expressed frustration at her sticky soubriquet of "the one who photographed her children naked".
He was as cold and forbidding as his ancestral home, Glamis Castle, a reckless gambler and philanderer permanently in debt; but her soubriquet "the Unhappy Countess" has nothing to do with Lyon.
As Norman Tebbit he was one of Margaret Thatcher's most acerbic ministers and famous for responding to a suggestion that rioting was a natural reaction to unemployment by saying that he had grown up in the Depression of the 1930s with an unemployed father who got on his bike and looked for work, and kept looking 'til he found it, thus earning himself the soubriquet of Norman "On yer bike" Tebbit.
It is about assertion of identity? under the soubriquet of protecting "our way of life"? and crucial to that is forcing a choice: do you subscribe or don't you?
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