Meaning of “nickname” in the English Dictionary

"nickname" in British English

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nicknamenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈnɪk.neɪm/ us /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.

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  • Do you have any nicknames?
  • As a child, he was given the nickname 'Brackets' because of his bandy legs.
  • We all had nicknames at school.
nickname
verb [ T + obj + noun ] uk us

The campsite has been nicknamed "tent city" by visiting reporters.

(Definition of “nickname” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"nickname" in American English

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nicknamenoun [ C ]

us /ˈnɪkˌneɪm/

an informal name for someone or sometimes something, used esp. to show affection, and often based on the person's name or a characteristic of the person

nickname
verb [ T ] us /ˈnɪk·neɪm/

He was so optimistic that his staff nicknamed him Twinkletoes.

(Definition of “nickname” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)