(redirected from Alias name)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.


(so͞o`dənĭm) [Gr.,=false name], name assumed, particularly by writers, to conceal identity. A writer's pseudonym is also referred to as a nom de plume (pen name). Famous examples in literature are George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), O. Henry (William Sydney Porter), Stendhal (Marie Henri Beyle), and George Sand (Mme Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin, baronne Dudevant). Perhaps because the genre is not considered a serious one, detective story writers often use pseudonyms, especially if they are noted in other fields; for example, the poet C. Day Lewis wrote mysteries under the name Nicholas Blake.


See S. Halkett and J. Laing, Dictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous English Literature (7 vol., rev. ed. 1926–34; repr. 1971).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.


Using a pseudonym, which is a fictitious name or alias. Pronounced "soo-don-a-miss." For example, cryptocurrency transactions are pseudonymous because the aliases are the sender and recipient's secret keys, not their names. However, if someone is able to determine the identity of the key, then all the transactions ever made with that key are no longer private. Contrast with anonymous, which means nameless. See cryptocurrency.
Copyright © 1981-2019 by The Computer Language Company Inc. All Rights reserved. THIS DEFINITION IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. All other reproduction is strictly prohibited without permission from the publisher.
References in periodicals archive ?
Indeed, as a young tagger himself who once scrawled his alias name all over the city, he has been in trouble with the law.
"Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz is facing acute coronary, kidney and lung failure and his final status will be determined by the next two days," added the source whose alias name is Mojtahed.
"Hence, everyone knows that the al-Saud family has been involved in dissolving Kuwait's parliament several times so far," added the source whose alias name is Mojtahed.
Last year, Nadia shockingly left Celebs Go Dating mid-way through filming after she was allegedly caught trolling Eden Blackman under various alias names on Twitter.
Elungata said if the two suspect who use alias names 'Martin' and 'Wariah' are arrested, the problem of chang'aa will be over in the area.
The State Department made its amendments under LET's designations as a FTO and Specially Designated Global Teorroist (SDGT) to include their alias names of, "Jama'at-ud-Dawa, Al-Anfal Trust, Tehrik-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool, and Tehrik-e-Tahafuz Qibla Awwal." LET claimed responsibility for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 163.
The court heard Bennett, of Kincoed Hotel, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, had 12 alias names and four dates of birth.
Silva has a number of alias names, according to the FBI, and in the early 1980s was charged by U.S.
A substantial amount of cash has been stolen since 2006 in robberies police believe Thompson, who also uses the alias names of Benjamin Thompson and Carl Roberts, has links to.
This change reduced the effectiveness of "traditional Social Security Number Verifications" which reveal information such as, year and state of issuance, address history details and alias names. Traditional SSN Verifications are, and will continue to be, an important part of most background screening packages.