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 (sō′brĭ-kā′, -kĕt′, sō′brĭ-kā′, kĕt′) also sou·bri·quet (so͞o′brĭ-kā′, -kĕt′, so͞o′brĭ-kā′, -kĕt′)
1. An affectionate or humorous nickname.
2. An assumed name.

[French, from Old French soubriquet, chuck under the chin.]


(ˈsəʊbrɪˌkeɪ) or


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a humorous epithet, assumed name, or nickname
[C17: from French soubriquet, of uncertain origin]


or sou•bri•quet

(ˈsoʊ brɪˌkeɪ, -ˌkɛt, ˌsoʊ brɪˈkeɪ, -ˈkɛt)

a nickname.
[1640–50; < French, Middle French; of obscure orig.]

sobriquet, soubriquet

a nickname.
See also: Names
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sobriquet - a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)sobriquet - a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name); "Joe's mother would not use his nickname and always called him Joseph"; "Henry's nickname was Slim"
appellation, appellative, designation, denomination - identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others


[ˈsəʊbrɪkeɪ] Napodo m, mote m


soubriquet [ˈsəʊbrɪkeɪ] nsobriquet msob story nhistoire f larmoyanteso-called [ˌsəʊˈkɔːld] adj
(pejorative) (= professed) → soi-disant inv
(= often called) → communément appelé(e)
the so-called "developed" countries → les pays communément appelés "développés"


, soubriquet
nSpitzname m
References in classic literature ?
In a little while, he became known among them by an Indian name, signifying "the bald chief." "A sobriquet," observes the captain, "for which I can find no parallel in history since the days of 'Charles the Bald.'"
Such had been Silas Deemer--such the fixity and invariety of his life and habit, that the village humorist (who had once attended college) was moved to bestow upon him the sobriquet of "Old Ibidem," and, in the first issue of the local newspaper after the death, to explain without offence that Silas had taken "a day off." It was more than a day, but from the record it appears that well within a month Mr.
Dawkin's appearance did not say a vast deal in favour of the comforts which his patron's interest obtained for those whom he took under his protection; but, as he had a rather flightly and dissolute mode of conversing, and furthermore avowed that among his intimate friends he was better known by the sobriquet of 'The Artful Dodger,' Oliver concluded that, being of a dissipated and careless turn, the moral precepts of his benefactor had hitherto been thrown away upon him.
Usually he saw things long before others were aware that there was anything to see--a trait that had won for him the sobriquet of Hawk.
The fruit, which ranks high in food value, is one of the staple foods of the less well-to-do, and because of its cheapness and nutritive value forms one of the principal rations of both armies and navies upon Barsoom, a use which has won for it a Martian sobriquet which, freely translated into English, would be, The Fighting Potato.
The sobriquet of La Carconte had been bestowed on Madeleine Radelle from the fact that she had been born in a village, so called, situated between Salon and Lambesc; and as a custom existed among the inhabitants of that part of France where Caderousse lived of styling every person by some particular and distinctive appellation, her husband had bestowed on her the name of La Carconte in place of her sweet and euphonious name of Madeleine, which, in all probability, his rude gutteral language would not have enabled him to pronounce.