[nom duh ploom; French nawn duh plym] /ˌnɒm də ˈplum; French nɔ̃ də ˈplüm/

noun, plural noms de plume
[nomz duh ploom; French nawn duh plym] /ˌnɒmz də ˈplum; French nɔ̃ də ˈplüm/ (Show IPA)
/ˈnɒm də ˈpluːm/
noun (pl) noms de plume (ˈnɒm də ˈpluːm)
another term for pen name

a pen name
Word Origin

Usage Note

pl noms de plume
nom de plume [(nom di ploohm)]

French for “pen name”; an invented name under which an author writes. Mark Twain was the nom de plume of Samuel L. Clemens.


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