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English definition of “nickname”

nickname

noun [C]     /ˈnɪk.neɪm/
B1 an informal name for someone or something, especially a name that you are called by your friends or family, usually based on your real name or your character: We always use the nickname Beth for our daughter Elizabeth. "Darwin" was the nickname he was given at high school, because of his interest in science.Names and titles nickname     verb [T + obj + noun ] The campsite has been nicknamed 'tent city' by visiting reporters.Names and titles
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