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noun av·a·tar \ˈa-və-ˌtär\

Simple Definition of avatar

  • 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

  1. 1 :  the incarnation of a Hindu deity (as Vishnu)

  2. 2 a :  an incarnation in human form b :  an embodiment (as of a concept or philosophy) often in a person

  3. 3 :  a variant phase or version of a continuing basic entity

  4. 4 :  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

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