Definition: Nickname

From New World Encyclopedia
  1. A familiar, invented given name for a person or thing used instead of the actual name of the person or thing.
  2. A kind of byname that describes a person by a characteristic of that person.


  • byname
  • cognomen
  • handle
  • hypocoristic
  • nick
  • sobriquet


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