doppelgänger

noun dop·pel·gäng·er \ ˈdä-pəl-ˌgaŋ-ər , -ˌgeŋ- , ˌdä-pəl-ˈ \
variants: or doppelganger
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of doppelgänger

1 a : double 2a
  • said she had seen his doppelgänger
b : alter ego b
c : a person who has the same name as another
2 : a ghostly counterpart (see counterpart 3a) of a living person

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Examples of doppelgänger in a Sentence

  1. In the story, the character is haunted by a doppelgänger.

  2. at the mall today I saw someone who could be your doppelgänger

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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.

Origin and Etymology of doppelgänger

German Doppelgänger, from doppel- double + -gänger goer


DOPPELGÄNGER Defined for English Language Learners

doppelgänger

noun

Definition of doppelgänger for English Language Learners

  • : someone who looks like someone else

  • : a ghost that looks like a living person


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