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nom de guerre

[nom duh gair; French nawn duh ger]
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noun, plural noms de guerre [nomz duh gair; French nawn duh ger] /ˌnɒmz də ˈgɛər; French nɔ̃ də ˈgɛr/.
  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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Examples from the Web for nom de guerre

Historical Examples

  • It is the frequent habit of French caricaturists to employ a nom-de-guerre.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3

    Various

  • Eventually, however, he altered his nom-de-guerre to Gawain Douglas, one more in accordance with his patriotic sentiments.

    Allan Ramsay

    William Henry Oliphant Smeaton

  • A Popular poetess of the period, usually using the nom-de-guerre of "Christabel."

    The Felon's Track

    Michael Doheny


British Dictionary definitions for nom de guerre

nom de guerre

noun plural noms de guerre (ˈnɒm də ˈɡɛə)
  1. an assumed name; pseudonym

Word Origin

French, literally: war name
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