Definition of sobriquet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsōbrəˌkā/
(also soubriquet /ˈso͞obri-/ //)


A person’s nickname.
Example sentences
  • His on-field partnership with fellow Galway great Frank Stockwell saw the pair earn the sobriquet of the ‘Terrible Twins’ - a name borne of their almost telepathic understanding.
  • John Mullan discusses Charles Edward Stuart's sobriquets, but we should remember that most of his followers in 1745 were Gaelic-speakers.
  • He laughs when asked about his new sobriquet of Britain's richest man.


Mid 17th century: French, originally in the sense 'tap under the chin', of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: so·bri·quet

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