Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An affectionate or humorous nickname.
  • noun An assumed name.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A nickname; a fanciful appellation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An assumed name; a fanciful epithet or appellation; a nickname.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A familiar name for a person (typically a shortened version of a person’s given name).

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

  • noun a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French soubriquet, chuck under the chin.]

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From French sobriquet ("nickname"), from Middle French soubriquet ("a chuck under the chin").

Examples

  • Whereas my other contact has focused on the Shan tribes near the Chinese border, the Father of the White Monkey — the sobriquet comes from the nickname he has given his daughter, who often travels with him — works mostly with the Karen and other tribes in eastern Burma abutting Thailand, though the networks he operates have ranged as far as the Indian border.

    Lifting the Bamboo Curtain

  • We all know that the sobriquet is obsolete, but did one expect the Senate Majority Leader ever to say, in effect, that Senators are a collection of potted plants whose participation is unimportant to dealing with an “unprecedented financial crisis”?

    Stromata Blog:

  • We all know that the sobriquet is obsolete, but did one expect the Senate Majority Leader ever to say, in effect, that Senators are a collection of potted plants whose participation is unimportant to dealing with an “unprecedented financial crisis”?

    The World’s Greatest Collection of Potted Plants?

  • Whereas my other contact has focused on the Shan tribes near the Chinese border, the Father of the White Monkey — the sobriquet comes from the nickname he has given his daughter, who often travels with him — works mostly with the Karen and other tribes in eastern Burma abutting Thailand, though the networks he operates have ranged as far as the Indian border.

    Lifting the Bamboo Curtain

  • It was Fuentes who coined the sobriquet "My Queen," Avila Beltrán told authorities after her arrest; the Mexican cop used his proceeds from the drug trade to send his wife on clothing and jewelry shopping sprees in Paris and the United States and to buy her seafront condominiums in Puerto Vallarta and other Pacific Coast resort towns.

    Underworld Queenpin

  • A sobriquet is a descriptive appellation, like Governor Jesse [the Body] Ventura, which geezers will fondly recall followed, by two generations, Marie [the Body] McDonald.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • A sobriquet is a descriptive appellation, like Governor Jesse [the Body] Ventura, which geezers will fondly recall followed, by two generations, Marie [the Body] McDonald.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • A sobriquet is a descriptive appellation, like Governor Jesse [the Body] Ventura, which geezers will fondly recall followed, by two generations, Marie [the Body] McDonald.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • A sobriquet is a descriptive appellation, like Governor Jesse [the Body] Ventura, which geezers will fondly recall followed, by two generations, Marie [the Body] McDonald.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • In a country where the sobriquet is usually the only name by which it is courteous or safe to address a man, and where it is invariably apt, few men are accorded two.

    Laramie Holds the Range

Comments

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  • This word always reminds me of those little charcoal bricks you use to barbecue.

    September 19, 2007

  • me too!

    September 19, 2007

  • Yeah, what are they called...? ;->

    September 19, 2007

  • they're called briquettes! Very close.

    November 7, 2007

  • Joking, rmavis. But thanks. :-)

    November 7, 2007

  • usually soubriquet

    July 20, 2008

  • jmp: On what basis do you say it's "usually soubriquet"?

    Google yields 379,000 hits for "sobriquet" (which Wikipedia says is the correct French spelling), and just under 65,000 hits for "soubriquet".

    Perhaps you are thinking of the word soubrette?

    July 20, 2008

  • It's usually soubriquet in my house!

    July 20, 2008

  • I won't change my old mumpsimus for your new sobriquet!

    July 21, 2008

  • As for the Deerslayer, under the sobriquet of Hawkeye, he made his fame spread far and near, until the crack of his rifle became as terrible to the ears of the Mingos, as the thunders of the Manitou.

    -James Fenimore Cooper, The Deerslayer

    August 14, 2009