déjà vu

noun ·jà vu \ˌdā-ˌzhä-ˈvü, -ˈvue\

: 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

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
:  something overly or unpleasantly familiar

Examples of DÉJÀ VU

  1. I entered the room and immediately felt a sense of déjà vu.
  2. When the car broke down again, it was déjà vu.
  3. The rise in housing costs is déjà vu all over again.

Origin of DÉJÀ VU

French, adjective, literally, already seen
First Known Use: 1903
Medical Dictionary

déjà vu

noun ·jà vu \ˌdā-ˌzhä-ˈv(y)ü, dā-zhȧ-vu̅e̅\

Medical Definition of DÉJÀ VU

:  paramnesia b


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