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[ey-lee-uh s] /ˈeɪ li əs/
noun, plural aliases.
a false name used to conceal one's identity; an assumed name:
The police files indicate that “Smith” is an alias for Simpson.
at another time; in another place; in other circumstances; otherwise. “Simpson alias Smith” means that Simpson in other circumstances has called himself Smith.
Origin of alias
1525-35; < Latin aliās (adv.): at another time, otherwise; cf. else
1. nom de guerre; nom de plume, pseudonym. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aliases
  • They can change their aliases as many times as they want, no limit.
  • It is not unusual for immigrants to have several aliases.
  • It does not give the addresses of the non-predators, but it does give their zip codes and aliases.
  • Phase is unknown of course, as it's undetectable in the data outside its aliases.
  • Only invited and known users are allowed to join, and users can maintain complete anonymity through the use of in-system aliases.
  • Well, that might have been his real name-he also went by several aliases.
  • Soon they knew the agents' aliases, where they had stayed, and who else they had called.
  • Police have already learned to cope with untraceable calls, disguises, and aliases.
  • But they appear to have been admired and valued under such aliases.
  • Online poker allows the pros to choose to compete as themselves and as aliases, sitting in on tables of other pros and novices.
British Dictionary definitions for aliases


at another time or place known as or named: Dylan, alias Zimmerman
noun (pl) -ases
an assumed name
Word Origin
C16: from Latin aliās (adv) otherwise, at another time, from alius other
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Word Origin and History for aliases



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).


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

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