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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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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)

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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)
Translations of “nickname”
in Korean 별명…
in Arabic كُنْية, لَقَب…
in Malaysian nama timangan…
in French surnom…
in Russian прозвище, кличка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 外號, 綽號, 諢名…
in Italian soprannome…
in Turkish lakap, takma ad…
in Polish przydomek, przezwisko…
in Spanish apodo…
in Vietnamese biệt danh…
in Portuguese apelido…
in Thai ชื่อเล่น…
in German der Spitzname…
in Catalan sobrenom…
in Japanese あだ名…
in Chinese (Simplified) 外号, 绰号, 诨名…
in Indonesian julukan…
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