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[soh-bruh-key, -ket, soh-bruh-key, -ket; French saw-bree-ke] /ˈsoʊ brəˌkeɪ, -ˌkɛt, ˌsoʊ brəˈkeɪ, -ˈkɛt; French sɔ briˈkɛ/
noun, plural sobriquets
[soh-bruh-keyz, -kets, soh-bruh-keyz, -kets; French saw-bree-ke] /ˈsoʊ brəˌkeɪz, -ˌkɛts, ˌsoʊ brəˈkeɪz, -ˈkɛts; French sɔ briˈkɛ/ (Show IPA)
a nickname.
Also, soubriquet.
Origin of sobriquet
1640-50; < French < ?
Related forms
sobriquetical, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sobriquet
  • Old-timers call them plant lice, an appropriate sobriquet.
  • Despite the sobriquet that opposites attract, generally that's not true when selecting a mate.
  • Today, that boastful sobriquet is more nostalgia than fact.
  • It was a manifest vision of music royalty, whatever sobriquet you choose.
  • He did not have to mention that he was wise to the sobriquet.
  • Her sobriquet comes from the fact that she has charge of the servants' hall, or dining-room, and is in fact the waitress for them.
  • Your denial of this scientific fact earns you the sobriquet of denier.
British Dictionary definitions for sobriquet


a humorous epithet, assumed name, or nickname
Word Origin
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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