Pen name

Pen name
Pen Pen, n. [OE. penne, OF. penne, pene, F. penne, fr. L. penna.] 1. A feather. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. A wing. [Obs.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. An instrument used for writing with ink, formerly made of a reed, or of the quill of a goose or other bird, but now also of other materials, as of steel, gold, etc. Also, originally, a stylus or other instrument for scratching or graving. [1913 Webster]

Graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock. --Job xix. 24. [1913 Webster]

4. Fig.: A writer, or his style; as, he has a sharp pen. ``Those learned pens.'' --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

5. (Zo["o]l.) The internal shell of a squid. [1913 Webster]

6. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zo["o]l.) A female swan. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

{Bow pen}. See {Bow-pen}.

{Dotting pen}, a pen for drawing dotted lines.

{Drawing pen}, or {Ruling pen}, a pen for ruling lines having a pair of blades between which the ink is contained.

{Fountain pen}, {Geometric pen}. See under {Fountain}, and {Geometric}.

{Music pen}, a pen having five points for drawing the five lines of the staff.

{Pen and ink}, or {pen-and-ink}, executed or done with a pen and ink; as, a pen and ink sketch.

{Pen feather}. A pin feather. [Obs.]

{Pen name}. See under {Name}.

{Sea pen} (Zo["o]l.), a pennatula. [Usually written {sea-pen}.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pen name — pen names also pen name N COUNT A writer s pen name is the name that he or she uses on books and articles instead of his or her real name. ...Baroness Blixen, also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen. Syn: nom de plume, pseudonym …   English dictionary

  • Pen name — Name Name (n[=a]m), n. [AS. nama; akin to D. naam, OS. & OHG. namo, G. name, Icel. nafn, for namn, Dan. navn, Sw. namn, Goth. nam[=o], L. nomen (perh. influenced by noscere, gnoscere, to learn to know), Gr. o mona, Scr. n[=a]man. [root]267. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pen name — n a name used by a writer instead of their real name = ↑pseudonym …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pen name — pen ,name noun count a name a writer uses instead of their real name in stories, articles, etc. they write …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pen name — [n] pseudonym AKA*, alias, anonym, assumed name, nickname, nom de guerre, nom de plume, professional name, pseudonym; concepts 268,683 …   New thesaurus

  • pen name — n. a name used by an author in place of his or her true name; nom de plume SYN. PSEUDONYM …   English World dictionary

  • pen name — *pseudonym, nom de plume, alias, nom de guerre, incognito …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pen name — pen′ name n. lit. a writer s pseudonym; nom de plume • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • pen-name — see nom de plume …   Modern English usage

  • pen name — ► NOUN ▪ a literary pseudonym …   English terms dictionary

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