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doppelgänger

noun dop·pel·gäng·er \ˈdä-pəl-ˌgaŋ-ər, -ˌgeŋ-, ˌdä-pəl-ˈ\

Simple Definition of doppelgänger

  • : someone who looks like someone else

  • : a ghost that looks like a living person

Full Definition of doppelgänger

  1. 1 :  a ghostly counterpart of a living person

  2. 2 a :  double 2a b :  alter ego b c :  a person who has the same name as another

Examples of doppelgänger

  1. In the story, the character is haunted by a doppelgänger.

  2. <at the mall today I saw someone who could be your doppelgänger>



Variants of doppelgänger

or dop·pel·gang·er play \ˈdä-pəl-ˌgaŋ-ər, -ˌgeŋ-, ˌdä-pəl-ˈ\

Origin of doppelgänger

German Doppelgänger, from doppel- double + -gänger goer


First Known Use: 1851


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