dop·​pel·​gäng·​er ˈdä-pəl-ˌgaŋ-ər How to pronounce doppelgänger (audio)
variants or doppelganger
: double sense 2a
said she had seen his doppelgänger
: a person who has the same name as another
: a ghostly counterpart (see counterpart sense 3a) of a living person

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According to 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. German writers coined the word Doppelgänger (from doppel-, meaning "double," and -gänger, meaning "goer") to refer to such specters.

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
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Word History


German Doppelgänger, from doppel- double + -gänger goer

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of doppelgänger was in 1851


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“Doppelgänger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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