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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

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

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



Did You Know?

According to age-old German folklore, all living creatures have a spirit double who is invisible but identical to the living individual. These second selves are perceived as being distinct from ghosts (which appear only after death), and sometimes they are described as the spiritual opposite or negative of their human counterparts. In 1796, German writer Johann Paul Richter, who wrote under the pseudonym Jean Paul, coined the word Doppelgänger (from doppel-, meaning "double," and -gänger, meaning "goer") to refer to such specters.

Variants of doppelgänger

or doppelganger 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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