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

  • n. A pseudonym used by a writer. Also called nom de plume.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fictitious name used by an author in place of their actual name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a name assumed by an author; a pseudonym or nom de plume.
  • n. See under Name.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name assumed by an author for the ostensible purpose of concealing his identity; a nom de plume; a literary pseudonym.

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

  • n. an author's pseudonym


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  • “Tomorrow is a day big with the fate of Josephus and America,” Ledyard enthused “Josephus” was the pen name Ledyard used with his cousin.

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  • He published these under the pen name of L.A.C. Bombet.

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