Share this entry

Share this page

pen name

Syllabification: pen name

Definition of pen name in English:

noun

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.
Synonyms
pseudonym, nom de plume, assumed name, alias, professional name

Definition of pen name in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure