adjective er·satz \ˈer-ˌsäts, -ˌzäts, er-ˈ; ˈər-ˌsats\

: copied from something else and usually not as good as the original

Full Definition of ERSATZ

:  being a usually artificial and inferior substitute or imitation <ersatz turf> <ersatz intellectuals>
ersatz noun

Examples of ERSATZ

  1. an apartment complex designed as an ersatz Mediterranean villa
  2. <like everything else the restaurant served, the whipped cream on the dessert was ersatz>

Origin of ERSATZ

German ersatz-, from Ersatz, noun, substitute
First Known Use: 1875


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