- a fictitious name used by an author to conceal his or her identity; pen name.Compare allonym(def 1).
Origin of pseudonym
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Examples from the Web for pseudonym
Random House agreed that all future editions of the book will state that “Barry” was a pseudonym.The Right's Rape Trolls vs. Lena Dunham
December 10, 2014
I used to run a blog in Arabic called “Nour Alakl” and ran a satirical Facebook page under the pseudonym “Allah.”What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine
Waleed al-Husseini, Movements.Org
December 8, 2014
Her nervousness about its content made her decide to publish it under a pseudonym, for reasons that would later become clear.Ted Hughes’s Brother on Losing Sylvia Plath
December 2, 2014
A person claiming to be a TRN employee published a release on PR Newswire under the pseudonym ‘Mary Donovan’.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
November 23, 2014
Julio Cesar Rosas (a pseudonym) owns a medium-sized business in Los Cortijos, a district in east-central Caracas.Who Will Maduro Blame for Venezuela’s Blackout This Time?
June 28, 2014
Possibly the same honor, under my pseudonym, may have been intended for me.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
Compare "pseudonym," where the prefix is contracted, and "nonentity.""Stops"
This was published in 1638, under the pseudonym of Domingo Gonsales.Moon Lore
He prefers, as his pseudonym implies, to remain an unknown quantity.From Jungle to Java
It is he who figures in our story under the pseudonym of de Laville.The Indian Chief
- a fictitious name adopted, esp by an author
Word Origin and History for pseudonym
1828, in part a back-formation from pseudonymous, in part from German pseudonym and French pseudonyme (adj.), from Greek pseudonymos "having a false name, under a false name," from pseudes "false" (see pseudo-) + onyma, Aeolic dialectal variant of onoma "name" (see name (n.)).
"Possibly a dictionary word" at first [Barnhart]. Fowler calls it "a queer out-of-the-way term for an everyday thing." Properly in reference to made-up names; the name of an actual author or person of reputation affixed to a work he or she did not write is an allonym. An author's actual name affixed to his or her own work is an autonym (1867).