noun av·a·tar \ˈa-və-ˌtär\

Hinduism : the human or animal form of a Hindu god on earth

: someone who represents a type of person, an idea, or a quality

computers : a small picture that represents a computer user in a game, on the Internet, etc.

Full Definition of AVATAR

:  the incarnation of a Hindu deity (as Vishnu)
a :  an incarnation in human form
b :  an embodiment (as of a concept or philosophy) often in a person
:  a variant phase or version of a continuing basic entity
:  an electronic image that represents and is manipulated by a computer user (as in a computer game)

Examples of AVATAR

  1. She has come to be regarded as an avatar of charity and concern for the poor.
  2. She chose a penguin as her personal avatar in the chat room.

Origin of AVATAR

Sanskrit avatāraḥ descent, from avatarati he descends, from ava- away + tarati he crosses over — more at ukase, through
First Known Use: 1784

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra


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