or AKA, aka


also known as: According to police records he is Joe Smith a.k.a. “Baby Face Smith” and Joseph Smathers.

Origin of a.k.a.

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for aka (1 of 2)


/ (ˈɑːkə) /

noun plural aka

a vine, Metrosideros scandens, found in New Zealand

Word Origin for aka


British Dictionary definitions for aka (2 of 2)



abbreviation for

also known as
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Word Origin and History for aka


also aka, initialism for also known as; attested in legal documents from at least 1936.

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Culture definitions for aka


[ (ay-kay-ay) ]

An abbreviation meaning “also known as.” It is primarily used by law enforcement officials to specify an alias: “John Smith, aka Jonathan Jones.”


The abbreviation, which also appears as AKA and a.k.a., is often used figuratively and facetiously: “my cousin, aka the worst gossip in the neighborhood.”
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