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[soh-bruh-key, -ket, soh-bruh-key, -ket; French saw-bree-ke] /ˈsoʊ brəˌkeɪ, -ˌkɛt, ˌsoʊ brəˈkeɪ, -ˈkɛt; French sɔ briˈkɛ/
noun, plural sobriquets
[soh-bruh-keyz, -kets, soh-bruh-keyz, -kets; French saw-bree-ke] /ˈsoʊ brəˌkeɪz, -ˌkɛts, ˌsoʊ brəˈkeɪz, -ˈkɛts; French sɔ briˈkɛ/ (Show IPA)
a nickname.
Also, soubriquet.
Origin of sobriquet
1640-50; < French < ?
Related forms
sobriquetical, adjective Unabridged
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  • There is a report that some of his political foes, playing upon his initials, saddled him with the sobriquet of "Rat."

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • Also, a sobriquet for the white patch on a midshipman's collar.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • He was a man of extraordinary learning, and received the sobriquet of Doctor Subtilis.

  • The sobriquet had hitherto been a mere shadow, a meaningless thing, to me.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Harrigan acquired this sobriquet on account of his ear for music.

    The North Pole Robert E. Peary
  • The first glance at him reveals the origin of his sobriquet.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • And his constant injunction "No smokin', sah," soon won him a sobriquet, Mexicans and cow-boys alike calling him "Smoky."

    The Air Ship Boys H.L. Sayler
  • Working his will whithersoever he fancies, unseen, unknown but for his sobriquet.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for sobriquet


a humorous epithet, assumed name, or nickname
Word Origin
C17: from French soubriquet, of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sobriquet

1640s, from French sobriquet "nickname," from Middle French soubriquet (15c.), which also meant "a jest, quip," and is said to have meant literally "a chuck under the chin" [Gamillscheg]; of unknown origin (first element perhaps from Latin sub "under").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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