nom de plume

[ nom duh-ploom; French nawnduh-plym ]
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noun,plural noms de plume [nomz duh-ploom; French nawnduh-plym]. /ˌnɒmz də ˈplum; French nɔ̃ də ˈplüm/.

Origin of nom de plume

First recorded in 1815–25; coined in English, from French words: literally, “pen name”

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How to use nom de plume in a sentence

  • He ought to have explained that he was the author, and not merely a nom de plume for another man to hide behind.

  • We are reminded of an incident which a popular writer, under the nom de plume introduced in a novel, bearing the title "We Two."

  • Then she added weakly: "But it often helps a book, doesn't it, to come out under—under a nom de plume?"

    The Silver Poppy | Arthur Stringer
  • After twenty years of Paris, Madame Palffy still said nom de plume and caf noir.

British Dictionary definitions for nom de plume

nom de plume

/ (ˈnɒm də ˈpluːm) /

nounplural noms de plume (ˈnɒm də ˈpluːm)
  1. another term for pen name

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Cultural definitions for nom de plume

nom de plume

[ (nom di ploohm) ]

French for “pen name”; an invented name under which an author writes. Mark Twain was the nom de plume of Samuel L. Clemens.

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