Definition of so-called adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    so-called

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˌsəʊ ˈkɔːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsoʊ ˈkɔːld//
     
     
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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 somebody/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 artists from the so-called ‘School of London’
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