adjective self·same \ˈself-ˌsām\

: exactly the same

Full Definition of SELFSAME

:  being the one mentioned or in question :  identical <left the selfsame day>
self·same·ness \-ˌsām-nəs, -ˈsām-\ noun

Examples of SELFSAME

  1. <that's the selfsame man who once helped me>

First Known Use of SELFSAME

15th century

Synonym Discussion of SELFSAME

same, selfsame, very, identical, equivalent, equal mean not different or not differing from one another. same may imply and selfsame always implies that the things under consideration are one thing and not two or more things <took the same route> <derived from the selfsame source>. very, like selfsame, may imply identity, or, like same, may imply likeness in kind <the very point I was trying to make>. identical may imply selfsameness or suggest absolute agreement in all details <identical results>. equivalent implies amounting to the same thing in worth or significance <two houses equivalent in market value>. equal implies being identical in value, magnitude, or some specified quality <equal shares in the business>.
SELFSAMENESS Defined for Kids


adjective self·same \ˈself-ˌsām\

Definition of SELFSAME for Kids

:  exactly the same


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