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Dec 27, 2007
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Words borrowed from other languages

This week's words
lahar
adobe
catamaran
moniker
kahuna

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moniker

(MON-i-kuhr) Pronunciation Sound Clip

noun: A person's name or nickname.

[Probably from Shelta, a language used by itinerant people (known as Irish Travelers) in the British Isles. It has about 86,000 speakers.]

"The Duchess of York says it was 'naughty' for pop singer Fergie to use the moniker which originally referred to her former highness. Sarah Ferguson says she is the original Fergie and called the singer after she released her latest album, The Dutchess, to say she now owed the real duchess a charity concert."
CP; Lumpy vs. Humpy; Edmonton Sun (Canada); May 10, 2007.

See more usage examples of moniker in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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