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English definition of “nickname”


noun [C]     /ˈnɪkneɪm/
a name used informally instead of your real name: His behaviour has earned him the nickname 'Mad Dog'.Names and titles
nickname verb [+ two objects] They nicknamed her 'The Iron Lady'.
(Definition of nickname noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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