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Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, mid 17th century


A familiar or shortened version of a person's name


A nickname

Examples of Sobriquet in a sentence

"Most people know me by my sobriquet, because my real name is so long and difficult to pronounce."

"Many performers nowadays go by sobriquets in order to protect their real identities."

About Sobriquet

You might be more familiar with Dwayne Johnson under his sobriquet, The Rock. After getting his big break as a professional wrestler, the star is now one of the biggest actors in Hollywood. On movie posters, he is often listed as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, a suitably cool name for his action-flick roles.

Did you Know?

In Middle French, the word sobriquet referred to both a nickname and a tap beneath the chin. How these two things became connected is entirely unclear.

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