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[sood-n-im] /ˈsud n ɪm/
a fictitious name used by an author to conceal his or her identity; pen name.
Compare allonym (def 1).
1840-50; < Greek pseudṓnymon false name; see pseud-, -onym
alias, nom de plume. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pseudonym
  • As with some group blogs today, contributors could be required to log in, either under their real name or a pseudonym.
  • The present is the past traveling under a pseudonym.
  • Although it is not necessary, you may provide your name and address or pseudonym if you wish.
  • Cross references are made to authors using more than one pseudonym.
British Dictionary definitions for pseudonym


a fictitious name adopted, esp by an author
Derived Forms
pseudonymity, noun
Word Origin
C19: via French from Greek pseudōnumon
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Word Origin and History for pseudonym

1828, in part a back-formation from pseudonymous, in part from German pseudonym and French pseudonyme (adj.), from Greek pseudonymos "having a false name, under a false name," from pseudes "false" (see pseudo-) + onyma, Aeolic dialectal variant of onoma "name" (see name (n.)).

"Possibly a dictionary word" at first [Barnhart]. Fowler calls it "a queer out-of-the-way term for an everyday thing." Properly in reference to made-up names; the name of an actual author or person of reputation affixed to a work he or she did not write is an allonym. An author's actual name affixed to his or her own work is an autonym (1867).

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