follow Dictionary.com

Are yams and sweet potatoes the same?

alias

[ey-lee-uh s] /ˈeɪ li əs/
noun, plural aliases.
1.
a false name used to conceal one's identity; an assumed name:
The police files indicate that “Smith” is an alias for Simpson.
adverb
2.
at another time; in another place; in other circumstances; otherwise. “Simpson alias Smith” means that Simpson in other circumstances has called himself Smith.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin aliās (adv.): at another time, otherwise; cf. else
Synonyms
1. nom de guerre; nom de plume, pseudonym.

alias dictus

[ah-lee-ahs dik-too s; English ey-lee-uh s dik-tuh s] /ˈɑ li ɑs ˈdɪk tʊs; English ˈeɪ li əs ˈdɪk təs/
adverb, Latin.
1.
otherwise called; alias.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for alias
  • They are sometimes employed under an alias.
  • When you are done with the alias, simply delete it.
  • For this purpose, we let you replace your wireless number with an alias.
  • Mackey's alias surfaced in a footnote in a 40-page court document .
  • He used an alias at times, but was living under his own name when he was arrested Tuesday at home.
  • The final individual is known only by an alias online.
  • With leads on several new aliases, police intensified the search.
  • Renaming it at the same time seems unsavory, like a crook taking an alias to start a new life.
  • Antifon alias Zaifoglu praising himself.
  • He used his friend's name as an alias.
British Dictionary definitions for alias

alias

/ˈeɪlɪəs/
adverb
1.
at another time or place known as or named: Dylan, alias Zimmerman
noun (pl) -ases
2.
an assumed name
Word Origin
C16: from Latin aliās (adv) otherwise, at another time, from alius other
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
Cite This Source
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).

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
alias in Technology

1. A name, usually short and easy to remember and type, that is translated into another name or string, usually long and difficult to remember or type. Most command interpreters (e.g. Unix's csh) allow the user to define aliases for commands, e.g. "alias l ls -al". These are loaded into memory when the interpreter starts and are expanded without needing to refer to any file.
2. One of several alternative hostnames with the same Internet address. E.g. in the Unix hosts database (/etc/hosts or NIS map) the first field on a line is the Internet address, the next is the official hostname (the "canonical name" or "CNAME"), and any others are aliases.
Hostname aliases often indicate that the host with that alias provides a particular network service such as archie, finger, FTP, or World-Wide Web. The assignment of services to computers can then be changed simply by moving an alias (e.g. www.doc.ic.ac.uk) from one Internet address to another, without the clients needing to be aware of the change.
3. The name used by Apple computer, Inc. for symbolic links when they added them to the System 7 operating system in 1991.
(1997-10-22)
4. Two names (identifiers), usually of local or global variables, that refer to the same resource (memory location) are said to be aliased. Although names introduced in programming languages are typically mapped to different memory locations, aliasing can be introduced by the use of address arithmetic and pointers or language-specific features, like C++ references.
Statically deciding (e.g. via a program analysis executed by a sophisticated compiler) which locations of a program will be aliased at run time is an undecidable problem.
[G. Ramalingam: "The Undecidability of Aliasing", ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems (TOPLAS), Volume 16, Issue 5, September 1994, Pages: 1467 - 1471, ISSN:0164-0925.]
(2004-09-12)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for alias

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for alias

5
6
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with alias