Definition of avatar
1 : the incarnation of a Hindu deity (such as Vishnu)
2a : an incarnation in human formb : an embodiment (as of a concept or philosophy) often in a person She was regarded as an avatar of charity and concern for the poor.
3 : a variant phase or version of a continuing basic entity the latest avatar of the conservative movement
4 : an electronic image that represents and is manipulated by a computer user in a virtual space (as in a computer game or an online shopping site) and that interacts with other objects in the space
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Examples of avatar in a Sentence
She has come to be regarded as an avatar of charity and concern for the poor.
She chose a penguin as her personal avatar in the chat room.
Recent Examples of avatar from the Web
Users are prompted to click arrows that move an avatar of Trump off a cliff.
In the clip, Trump is shown slamming the CNN avatar to the ground and pounding him with punches and elbows to the head.
How handy—like the Find My Friends application, but with avatars.
Twitter switched it’s avatar photos from squares to circles.
And by now, this reality transcends digital-centric companies: Almost any consumer-facing business, however analog its products or services, must reckon with a communication environment partly defined by app buttons and Twitter avatars.
June is Pride Month, and in the sports world, the Los Angeles Dodgers are celebrating it better than anyone - from their Twitter avatar to their support of all fans.
Both games look like creatures of a different era, with cartoonish avatars moving around a two-dimensional series of digital rooms, chat bubbles popping up above their heads.
Mostofsky’s team is developing a video game that helps children with autism learn to dance by imitating an avatar, with the goal of strengthening connections between the visual and motor areas of their brain.
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Did You Know?
Avatar derives from a Sanskrit word meaning "descent," and when it first appeared in English in the late 18th century, it referred to the descent of a deity to the earth - typically, the incarnation in earthly form of Vishnu or another Hindu deity. It later came to refer to any incarnation in human form, and then to any embodiment (such as that of a concept or philosophy), whether or not in the form a person. In the age of technology, "avatar" has developed another sense - it can now be used for the image that a person chooses as his or her "embodiment" in an electronic medium.
AVATAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of avatar for English Language Learners
Hinduism : the human or animal form of a Hindu god on earth
: someone who represents a type of person, an idea, or a quality
computers : a small picture that represents a computer user in a game, on the Internet, etc.
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