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nom de plume

[nom duh ploom; French nawn duh plym]
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noun, plural noms de plume [nomz duh ploom; French nawn duh plym] /ˌnɒmz də ˈplum; French nɔ̃ də ˈplüm/.
  1. pen name.

Origin of nom de plume

1815–25; coined in E < French words: literally, pen name
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Examples from the Web for nom de plume

Historical Examples

  • It had been sent in 1885 under the nom-de-plume "A. Chekhonte," and it had failed to pass.

    Plays by Chekhov, Second Series

    Anton Chekhov

  • As nothing else is known of him it has been held by some that the name was a nom-de-plume of W. himself.

  • He wrote occasionally—always under a nom-de-plume; but he had great difficulty in satisfying his own editorial standards.

  • In 1818 published a series of letters under the nom-de-plume of "Agricola," in the Halifax Recorder.

  • However, please try again: and please don't change your nom-de-plume: let us have Nell in the First Class next time!

    A Tangled Tale

    Lewis Carroll


British Dictionary definitions for nom de plume

nom de plume

noun plural noms de plume (ˈnɒm də ˈpluːm)
  1. another term for pen name
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nom de plume in Culture

nom de plume

[(nom di ploohm)]

French for “pen name”; an invented name under which an author writes. Mark Twain was the nom de plume of Samuel L. Clemens.

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