Definition: Pen name

From New World Encyclopedia


Pen from Middle English penne, from Anglo-Norman penne, from Old French penne, from Latin penna (“feather”), and name From Middle English name, nome, from Old English nama, noma, from Proto-West Germanic *namō, from Proto-Germanic *namô, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁nómn̥.


pen name (plural pen names)

  1. A fictitious name used by an author in place of their actual name.
    Charlotte Brontë, the author of Jane Eyre, originally published her work under the pen name Currer Bell


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