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Definition of "nickname" []

  • A descriptive name added to or replacing the actual name of a person, place, or thing. (noun)
  • A familiar or shortened form of a proper name. (noun)
  • To give a nickname to. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To call by an incorrect name; misname. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "nickname" in a sentence
  • "Oshirina: This Japanese nickname is a word coined from "oshiri" (butt) and "Rina", the first name of actress/model Rina Akiyama."
  • "Plus, he says his nickname is short for "Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone" which is quite the opposite of what we see on the album cover, it must have been something misleading with it."
  • "His nickname is Spanish for "cinnamon blond" because of his red hair and light skin color."