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nom de guerre

[nom duh gair; French nawn duh ger] /ˌnɒm də ˈgɛər; French nɔ̃ də ˈgɛr/
noun, plural noms de guerre
[nomz duh gair; French nawn duh ger] /ˌnɒmz də ˈgɛər; French nɔ̃ də ˈgɛr/ (Show IPA)
1.
an assumed name, as one under which a person fights, paints, writes, etc.; pseudonym.
Origin of nom de guerre
< French: literally, war name
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  • Which will you have, caballero—my nom de guerre, or any other of my aliases?

    The Tiger-Slayer Gustave Aimard
  • As this was merely a nom de guerre you will wonder why I objected to its going into print.

    A New Sensation Albert Ross
  • But is not Truth rather a large name to adopt as a nom de guerre?

    Red Pottage Mary Cholmondeley
  • He said his name was Cavendish, but it may have been a nom de guerre.

    Sketches From My Life Hobart Pasha
  • On the couch, languidly lost among the cushions, Winona Horning (likewise a nom de guerre) was abandoned in lazy attention.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for nom de guerre

nom de guerre

/ˈnɒm də ˈɡɛə/
noun (pl) noms de guerre (ˈnɒm də ˈɡɛə)
1.
an assumed name; pseudonym
Word Origin
French, literally: war name
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