Definitions

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

  • adj. Self-styled; so-called.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Self-styled; self-proclaiming; self-proclaimed.
  • adv. supposedly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Self-named; self-styled; pretended; would-be.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Calling one's self; self-styled; pretended; would-be.

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

  • adj. as claimed by and for yourself often without justification

Etymologies

French : soi, oneself + disant, saying.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French soi ("self") + disant ("speaking, proclaiming") (Wiktionary)

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  • "You remember, of course," resumed the soi-disant de Worms, pulling his beard and looking out of the window, "that when we broke up rather hurriedly the whole arrangements for the atrocity were left in the private hands of the Marquis and Dr. Bull."

    -The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

    September 30, 2010

  • Somebody *really* disagrees with the tofu.

    July 19, 2008