[ ey-lee-uhs ]
/ ˈeɪ li əs /

noun, plural a·li·as·es.

a false name used to conceal one's identity; an assumed name: The police files indicate that “Smith” is an alias for Simpson.


at another time; in another place; in other circumstances; otherwise. “Simpson alias Smith” means that Simpson in other circumstances has called himself Smith.

Nearby words

  1. ali baba,
  2. ali muhammad of shiraz,
  3. ali pasha,
  4. ali, muhammad,
  5. alia,
  6. alias dictus,
  7. aliasing,
  8. alibi,
  9. alible,
  10. alicante

Origin of alias

1525–35; < Latin aliās (adv.): at another time, otherwise; cf. else

alias dictus

[ ah-lee-ahs dik-too s; English ey-lee-uh s dik-tuh s ]
/ ˈɑ li ɑs ˈdɪk tʊs; English ˈeɪ li əs ˈdɪk təs /

adverb Latin.

otherwise called; alias. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for alias


/ (ˈeɪlɪəs) /


at another time or place known as or namedDylan, alias Zimmerman

noun plural -ases

an assumed name

Word Origin for alias

C16: from Latin aliās (adv) otherwise, at another time, from alius other

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