Dictionary.com

so-called

[ soh-kawld ]
/ ˈsoʊˈkɔld /
Save This Word!

adjective
called or designated thus: the so-called Southern bloc.
incorrectly called or styled thus: so-called intellectuals.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of so-called

First recorded in 1650–60

Words nearby so-called

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use so-called in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for so-called

so-called

adjective
  1. (prenominal) designated or styled by the name or word mentioned, esp (in the speaker's opinion) incorrectlya so-called genius
  2. (also used parenthetically after a noun)these experts, so-called, are no help
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK