Definition of pseudonym in English:

pseudonym

noun

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

    ‘I wrote under the pseudonym of Evelyn Hervey’
    • ‘In Grenoble he became a close friend of Henri Beyle, the famous French author better known by his pseudonym Stendhal.’
    • ‘It was partly for this reason that Emily Brontë published Wuthering Heights under the male pseudonym of Ellis Bell.’
    • ‘Priests identified only by first name have been given pseudonyms to protect their privacy.’
    • ‘Some bloggers use their real names while others use pseudonyms.’
    • ‘He has also published several thrillers under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In cross-examination she denied that Reeda was fictitious or a pseudonym for someone else.’
    • ‘After years of writing under pseudonyms, Smith wrote Nightwing a taut, terrifying horror novel about rabid vampire bats under his own name.’
    • ‘We also made it clear that we would not be mentioning the artists by name and only used pseudonyms when dealing with the press.’
    • ‘Aragon's writings circulated anonymously or under 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.’
    • ‘All names are pseudonyms and details have been changed to provide anonymity.’
    • ‘Companies, places, and organizations are identified by their actual names, but pseudonyms are used to identify all persons mentioned in the text.’
    • ‘That's a social get-together where bloggers and readers put faces to the names and pseudonyms they've been encountering online for months.’
    • ‘In this analysis, I replaced any personal names with pseudonyms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All names are pseudonyms to protect the identity of the participants.’
    • ‘The four students are not named, using pseudonyms instead.’
    • ‘Printers had to settle for prosecutions if they printed seditious libel, so they either played it safe or adopted pseudonyms and fake addresses.’
    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

/ˈso͞odənim//ˈsudənɪm/