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alias

[ey-lee-uhs]
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noun, plural a·li·as·es.
  1. a false name used to conceal one's identity; an assumed name: The police files indicate that “Smith” is an alias for Simpson.
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adverb
  1. at another time; in another place; in other circumstances; otherwise. “Simpson alias Smith” means that Simpson in other circumstances has called himself Smith.
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Origin of alias

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

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alias dictus

[ah-lee-ahs dik-too s; English ey-lee-uh s dik-tuh s]
adverb Latin.
  1. otherwise called; alias.
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Related Words for alias

moniker, pseudonym, handle, nickname, anonym, otherwise, AKA

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British Dictionary definitions for alias

alias

adverb
  1. at another time or place known as or namedDylan, alias Zimmerman
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noun plural -ases
  1. an assumed name
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Word Origin for alias

C16: from Latin aliās (adv) otherwise, at another time, from alius other
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Word Origin and History for alias

adv.

mid-15c., "otherwise called," from Latin alias "at another time, in another way," from alius "(an)other," from PIE *al- "beyond" (cf. Sanskrit anya "other, different," Avestan anya-, Armenian ail, Greek allos "another," Gothic aljis "other," Old English elles "otherwise, else," Modern English else).

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n.

"assumed name," c.1600, from alias (adv.).

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