Definition: Pseudonym

From New World Encyclopedia


Back-formation from pseudonymous, from French pseudonyme (“pseudonymous”, adjective), from Ancient Greek ψευδώνυμος (pseudṓnumos), from ψευδής (pseudḗs, “false”) and ὄνυμα (ónuma), a dialectal form of ὄνομα (ónoma, “name”). Synchronically analyzable as pseudo- +‎ -onym.


pseudonym (plural pseudonyms)

  1. A fictitious name, often used by writers and movie stars.
    The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.

Derived terms

  • pseudonymic
  • pseudonymity
  • pseudonymous


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