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nom de plume Syllabification: nom de plume
Pronunciation: /ˌnäm də ˈplo͞om/

Definition of nom de plume in English:

noun (plural noms de plume pronounced same)

A pen name.
Example sentences
  • And if anonymity is so unimportant, why are we using noms de plume on this board?
  • If you don't want to use your real name, use a nom de plume and briefly explain, for publication, why you don't want to use your real name.
  • For some bloggers, a nom de plume might be used when the blogger's real name is phonetically unwieldy or so common as to be undistinguishable.


Early 19th century: formed in English from French words, to render the sense 'pen name', on the pattern of nom de guerre.

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