American English

Definition of so-called adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[only before noun] used to show that you do not think that the word or phrase that is being used to describe someone or something is appropriate the opinion of a so-called “expert” How have these so-called improvements helped the local community?
  2. 2[usually before noun] used to introduce the word that people usually use to describe something writers from the so-called “Beat Generation”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: so-called