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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 ?
White Plume (we are pleased with his chivalrous soubriquet) inhabited a large stone house, built for him by order of the American government: but the establishment had not been carried out in corresponding style.
He was comely in countenance, bulky and strong in person, and in the flower of his age yet inanimate in expression, dull-eyed, heavy-browed, inactive and sluggish in all his motions, and so slow in resolution, that the soubriquet of one of his ancestors was conferred upon him, and he was very generally called Athelstane the Unready.
Indeed, many of the soubriquets by which these birds are known emanate from their wild spring vocalisations.