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Wednesday, July 21, 1999

Definitions for sobriquet

  1. A nickname; an assumed name; an epithet.

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Citations for sobriquet
In addition to his notorious amours, he became distinguished for a turbulent naval career, particularly for the storms he weathered, thus bringing him the sobriquet "Foulweather Jack". Phyllis Grosskurth, Byron: The Flawed Angel
At a small reception on the occasion of my twenty-fifth anniversary in this position, my good friend Izzy Landes raised a glass and dubbed me the Curator of the Curators, a sobriquet I have worn with pride ever since. Alfred Alcorn, Murder in the Museum of Man
Origin of sobriquet
1640-1650
Sobriquet is from the French, from Old French soubriquet, "a chuck under the chin, hence, an affront, a nickname."