Definition of pseudonym in English:

pseudonym

noun

  • A fictitious name, especially one used by an author.

    ‘I wrote under the pseudonym of Evelyn Hervey’
    • ‘All names are pseudonyms to protect the identity of the participants.’
    • ‘After years of writing under pseudonyms, Smith wrote Nightwing a taut, terrifying horror novel about rabid vampire bats under his own name.’
    • ‘In Grenoble he became a close friend of Henri Beyle, the famous French author better known by his pseudonym Stendhal.’
    • ‘He has also published several thrillers under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh.’
    • ‘In this analysis, I replaced any personal names with pseudonyms.’
    • ‘The four students are not named, using pseudonyms instead.’
    • ‘In cross-examination she denied that Reeda was fictitious or a pseudonym for someone else.’
    • ‘Printers had to settle for prosecutions if they printed seditious libel, so they either played it safe or adopted pseudonyms and fake addresses.’
    • ‘Some bloggers use their real names while others use pseudonyms.’
    • ‘All of the names in this paper are pseudonyms, and I have left student texts unedited for spelling or grammar except where indicated by square brackets.’
    • ‘Aragon's writings circulated anonymously or under pseudonyms.’
    • ‘Companies, places, and organizations are identified by their actual names, but pseudonyms are used to identify all persons mentioned in the text.’
    • ‘It was partly for this reason that Emily Brontë published Wuthering Heights under the male pseudonym of Ellis Bell.’
    • ‘That's a social get-together where bloggers and readers put faces to the names and pseudonyms they've been encountering online for months.’
    • ‘The pseudonyms gave the sisters an aura of mystery and secrecy, so much so that some readers believed that all three were one person or that they were males.’
    • ‘We also made it clear that we would not be mentioning the artists by name and only used pseudonyms when dealing with the press.’
    • ‘All names are pseudonyms and details have been changed to provide anonymity.’
    • ‘Priests identified only by first name have been given pseudonyms to protect their privacy.’
    • ‘You can write your blog using your real name or under a pseudonym if you prefer not to reveal your true identity to the outside world.’
    • ‘He's been at it for more than 10 years now under a various project names and pseudonyms, including Palace Music.’
    pen name, assumed name, incognito, alias, false name, professional name, sobriquet, stage name, nickname
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Origin

Early 19th century: from French pseudonyme, from Greek pseudōnymos, from pseudēs ‘false’ + onuma ‘name’.

Pronunciation

pseudonym

/ˈsjuːdənɪm/