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Definition of nickname noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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an informal, often humorous, name for a person that is connected with their real name, their personality or appearance, or with something they have done More Aboutnames and titlesnames Your name is either your whole name or one part of your name:My name is Maria. His name is Tom Smith. Your last name or family name (also sometimes called surname, especially on official documents) is the name that all members of your family share. Your first names (formalforename(s)) is/are the name(s) your parents gave you when you were born. Some people use the expression Christian name(s) to refer to a person’s first name(s). Your middle name(s) is/are any name your parents gave you other than the one that is placed first and your last name. The initial of this name is often used as part of your name:John T. Harvey Your full name is all your names, usually in the order: first + middle + last name. A woman’s maiden name is the family name she had before she got married. Some women keep this name after they are married and do not use their husband’s name. Married women sometimes use their maiden name followed by their husband’s family name:Hillary Rodham Clinton A nickname is an unofficial name that you are called, such as Junior or Doc. A short name is a shortened form of your official name, such as Meg for Margaret or Bob for Robert.titles Mr. (for both married and unmarried men) Mrs. (for married women) Miss (for unmarried women) Ms. (a title that some women prefer to use as it does not distinguish between married and unmarried women) Doctor, Professor, President, Vice-President, Reverend (or Rev), etc. The correct way to talk to someone is: first name, if you know them well:Hello, Maria. or title + last name:Hello, Mr. Brown. or Doctor (medical), Professor, etc. on its own:Thank you, Doctor.This is only used for a very limited number of titles.
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