Definition of pen name in English:

pen name


  • An assumed name used by a writer instead of their real name:

    ‘his early work was written under the pen name of Owen Meredith’
    • ‘He wrote the title of his book and his pen-name on a slip of paper and gave it to me.’
    • ‘Second, most actors and playwrights remained anonymous or adopted pen-names.’
    • ‘This was not uncommon, as various contributors to The Union protected their identity by using Latin pen-names such as Tacitus and Coriolanus.’
    • ‘I'm not certain if this is a pen-name or an actual one.’
    • ‘When I put the finishing touches to my female aspect, I already had a name for her - the pen-name that I had already been using; it just seemed natural to adopt it.’
    • ‘That's why they adopted the gender - ambiguous pen-names of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell.’
    • ‘Its subject is Esperanto, the oldest of the little group of artificial international languages, invented in 1887 by a Polish physician, Ludwig Zamenhof who gave it his hopeful pen-name.’
    • ‘I know it's a pen-name, but I'm afraid these circumstances together will do more harm than good.’
    • ‘I changed my pen-name because I was bored with ‘Star’.’
    • ‘Author Michael Smith, pen-name of an Oxford-educated publisher living in London, fittingly wears his knowledge of Irish history lightly.’
    • ‘He supplied six more tales to the Monthly Magazine during 1834, and for the publication of the second instalment of the fifth story he signed himself by his new pen-name: ‘Boz’.’
    • ‘Also remember that fear of retribution usually leads those who test the boundaries of debate to adopt pen-names as the writer of this ground breaking letter surely does.’
    • ‘I didn't realize that you changed your pen-name!’
    • ‘Under the pen-name Lemony Snicket, Handler is the author of the gothic and moody ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ books.’
    pseudonym, assumed name, incognito, alias, stage name, professional name, false name, sobriquet, nickname
    nom de plume, nom de guerre
    allonym, anonym
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