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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.
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Examples 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

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
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Word Origin and History for aliases

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.).

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