Simple Definition of déjà vu
: the feeling that you have already experienced something that is actually happening for the first time
: something that has happened many times before : something that is very familiar
Full Definition of déjà vu
1 a : the illusion of remembering scenes and events when experienced for the first time b : a feeling that one has seen or heard something before
2 : something overly or unpleasantly familiar
Examples of déjà vu in a sentence
I entered the room and immediately felt a sense of déjà vu.
When the car broke down again, it was déjà vu.
The rise in housing costs is déjà vu all over again.
Origin and Etymology of déjà vu
French, adjective, literally, already seen
First Known Use: 1903
Rhymes with déjà vu
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