[ soh-bruh-key, -ket, soh-bruh-key, -ket; French saw-bree-ke ]
/ ˈsoʊ brəˌkeɪ, -ˌkɛt, ˌsoʊ brəˈkeɪ, -ˈkɛt; French sɔ briˈkɛ /

noun, plural so·bri·quets [soh-bruh-keyz, -kets, soh-bruh-keyz, -kets; French saw-bree-ke] /ˈsoʊ brəˌkeɪz, -ˌkɛts, ˌsoʊ brəˈkeɪz, -ˈkɛts; French sɔ briˈkɛ/.

a nickname.

Origin of sobriquet

1640–50; < French < ?
Related formsso·bri·quet·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sobriquet



/ (ˈsəʊbrɪˌkeɪ) /


a humorous epithet, assumed name, or nickname

Word Origin for sobriquet

C17: from French soubriquet, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for sobriquet



1640s, from French sobriquet "nickname," from Middle French soubriquet (15c.), which also meant "a jest, quip," and is said to have meant literally "a chuck under the chin" [Gamillscheg]; of unknown origin (first element perhaps from Latin sub "under").

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