Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See pen name.

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  • n. A pen name or pseudonym

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. literally, pen name; hence, a name assumed by an author as his or her signature.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an author's pseudonym

Etymologies

French : nom, name + de, of + plume, pen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined in English from French nom ("name") + de ("of") + plume ("feather"), by analogy with the borrowed nom de guerre. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A delightful bit of whimsy appeared in The Hook in 1984, under the nom de plume of Lieutenant Butch Blaster.

    On Yankee Station

  • Al – Mas’udi had mentioned the Hazár Afsánah, it was versified and probably remodelled by one “Rásti,” the Takhallus or nom de plume of a bard at the Court of Mahmúd, the Ghaznevite Sultan who, after

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • A note on the translation suggests Kuromoti might be the nom de plume of an enlisted man aboard the Abukuma.

    DAY OF DECEIT

  • Massalsky, who, under the nom de plume of Dora D'Istria, has made for herself a reputation and position in the world of letters among the great women of our century, will at least have something of the charm of novelty for most American readers.

    Memories and Anecdotes

  • The author of William II. and Francis-Joseph, sheltered under the nom de plume of Marquise de Fontenoy, is a lady of distinguished birth and title.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • In January, 1830, the well-known tale of “The G.ntle Boy” was accepted by S.G. G.odrich, the editor of a Boston publication called the Token, who was himself better known in those days under the nom de plume of “Peter Parley.”

    The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The fascists took away my career as a screenwriter; now I write historical romance novels under the nom de plume Erica St. Jane.

    The Big Nowhere

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