Definition of pen name in English:

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pen name

Pronunciation: /ˈpen ˌnām/


An assumed name used by a writer instead of their real name.
Example sentences
  • He supplied six more tales to the Monthly Magazine during 1834, and for the publication of the second instalment of the fifth story he signed himself by his new pen-name: ‘Boz’.
  • Also remember that fear of retribution usually leads those who test the boundaries of debate to adopt pen-names as the writer of this ground breaking letter surely does.
  • Second, most actors and playwrights remained anonymous or adopted pen-names.
pseudonym, nom de plume, assumed name, alias, professional name

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