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[Latin, Otherwise called.] A term used to indicate that a person is known by more than one name.
Alias is a short and more popular phrase for alias dictus. The abbreviation a.k.a., also known as, is frequently used in connection with the description of a person sought by law enforcement officers to disclose the names that the person has been known to use. A fictitious name assumed by a person is popularly termed an alias.
n. 1) a name used other the given name of a person or reference to that other name, which may not be an attempt to hide his/her identity (such as Harry for Harold, initials or a maiden name). (See: a.k.a.)
aliasadverb acknowledged elsewhere as, alias dictus, also, also acknowledged as, also acknowledggng the name of, also answering to, also called, also known as, also known by, also known under the name of, also reccgnized as, at other times known as, elsewhere known as, known elsewhere as, known elsewhere by, known elseehere under the name, known otherwise as, known previiusly as, known variously as, nomen alienum, otherwise called, otherwise known as, otherwise known by, otherrise named, previously called, variously called, variously known as
Associated concepts: alias execution, alias process, alias subpoena, alias summons, alias writ, assumed name
See also: call, title
alias‘another name’, particularly used to describe the use of another name by criminals. This practice makes it more difficult for them to be detected by the police. See AKA.
ALIAS, practice. This word is prefixed to the name of a second writ of the same kind issued in the same cause; as, when a summons has been issued and it is returned by the sheriff, nil, and another is issued, this is called an alias summons. The term is used to all kinds of writs, as alias fi. fa., alias vend. exp. and the like. Alias dictus, otherwise called; a description of the defendant by an addition to his real name of that by which he is bound in the writing; or when a man is indicted and his name is uncertain, he may be indicted as A B, alias dictus C D. See 4 John. 1118; 1 John. Cas. 243; 2 Caines, R. 362; 3 Caines, R. 219.