Definition of nom de plume in English:

nom de plume


  • An assumed name used by a writer instead of their real name; a pen-name.

    ‘she is better known under her nom de plume of Daniel Stern’
    • ‘And if anonymity is so unimportant, why are we using noms de plume on this board?’
    • ‘For some bloggers, a nom de plume might be used when the blogger's real name is phonetically unwieldy or so common as to be undistinguishable.’
    • ‘‘Jonathan Wilson’ is the nom de plume of an academic who dares not use his own name for fear of victimisation by his colleagues.’
    • ‘Nick de Plume is a nom de plume for 19-year old Harvard Student Nick Ciarelli, who's run the site for six years, and notched up an impressive record of scoops.’
    • ‘It is her maiden name that he eventually adopted as his nom de plume.’
    • ‘If you don't want to use your real name, use a nom de plume and briefly explain, for publication, why you don't want to use your real name.’
    • ‘If you'd like to participate but can't use your real name please email me and we'll sort out a nom de plume.’
    pen name, assumed name, incognito, alias, false name, professional name, sobriquet, stage name, nickname
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Early 19th century: formed in English from French words, to render the sense ‘pen name’, on the pattern of nom de guerre.


nom de plume

/ˌnɒm də ˈpluːm/