Simple Definition of doppelgänger
: someone who looks like someone else
: a ghost that looks like a living person
Examples of doppelgänger in a sentence
In the story, the character is haunted by a doppelgänger.
<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
Origin and Etymology of doppelgänger
German Doppelgänger, from doppel- double + -gänger goer
First Known Use: 1851
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