Definitions for so-called

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. called or designated thus:

    the so-called Southern bloc.

  2. incorrectly called or styled thus:

    so-called friends.

Origin of so-called:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. alleged(a), so-called, supposed(adj)

    doubtful or suspect

    "these so-called experts are no help"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. so-called(adjective)ˈoʊkˈɔld

    indicates sth is not what it is claimed to be

    The so-called specialists had told him there was nothing wrong.


  1. so-called(Adjective)

    So named; called by such a name, with a very strong connotation that the item is not worthy of that name.

  2. so-called(Adjective)

    Same as above, without the negative connotation.

    The so-called Ising model.

  3. Origin: so + called

Webster Dictionary

  1. So-called(adj)

    so named; called by such a name (but perhaps called thus with doubtful propriety)

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'so-called' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3557

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'so-called' in Adjectives Frequency: #481

Translations for so-called

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


wrongly described or named in such a way

Your so-called friends have gone without you!

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