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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 < ?
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sobriquetical, adjective Unabridged
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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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