[soh-bruh-key, -ket, soh-bruh-key, -ket; French saw-bree-ke]
noun, plural sobriquets [soh-bruh-keyz, -kets, soh-bruh-keyz, -kets; French saw-bree-ke] .
a nickname.
Also, soubriquet.

1640–50; < French < ?

sobriquetical, adjective Unabridged
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sobriquet or soubriquet (ˈsəʊbrɪˌkeɪ)
a humorous epithet, assumed name, or nickname
[C17: from French soubriquet, of uncertain origin]
soubriquet or soubriquet
[C17: from French soubriquet, of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

1646, from Fr. sobriquet "nickname," from M.Fr. soubriquet, lit. "a chuck under the chin," of unknown origin (first element probably from L. sub "under").
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Example sentences
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.
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