iden·ti·cal | \ī-ˈden-ti-kəl, ə-\

Definition of identical 

1 : being the same : selfsame the identical place we stopped before

2 : having such close resemblance as to be essentially the same identical hats often used with to or with

3a : having the same cause or origin identical infections

b : monozygotic

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from identical

identically \ī-ˈden-ti-k(ə-)lē, ə- \ adverb
identicalness \ī-ˈden-ti-kəl-nəs, ə- \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for identical

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

Examples of identical in a Sentence

We visited the identical place we stopped at last year. They were wearing identical coats. The boxes were identical in shape. They drove virtually identical cars. The results were identical to those of the first test.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Image The penthouses at 432 Park, the 96-story, glass-and-concrete tower between 56th and 57th streets that bills itself as the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, are nearly identical in size and configuration. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "Jessica Lange Among Owners Expanding Into Grander Homes," 29 June 2018 Those results are nearly identical in San Francisco, with Breed holding on to a roughly 10-point lead over Leno in first-place votes. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF ranked-choice mayoral election cliffhanger echoes Oakland’s 2010 balloting," 9 June 2018 Hampering investigators was the fact the Golden State Killer's crimes shared some similarities but were not identical in execution. Benjamin Oreskes,, "Why did it take so long to arrest the Golden State Killer suspect? Interagency rivalries, old technology, errors and bad luck," 25 May 2018 His keepers would present him with two boxes containing food, identical in every way except for the national flag of the World Cup competitors on the outside. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Cold pizza, cold comfort for GOP in midterms," 25 Apr. 2018 Tommy Loving, the head of the Kentucky Narcotic Officers' Association, has told Courier Journal that marijuana and hemp are too identical in appearance, leading to confusion among officers. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "'It's time to change that': Mitch McConnell moves a step closer to legalizing hemp in Kentucky," 12 Apr. 2018 The résumés were identical in all respects save for the name of the applicant. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Sam Harris, Charles Murray, and the allure of race science," 27 Mar. 2018 The fictional smart gun, with its high rate of fire is nearly identical in role to today’s M249. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Wants Soldiers to Carry Guns “Aliens” Style," 7 Mar. 2018 The two sessions are identical in content, and are open to the public. Post-Tribune, "Community news," 14 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'identical.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of identical

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for identical

probably from Medieval Latin identicus, from Late Latin identitas

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about identical

Phrases Related to identical

identical twin

Statistics for identical

Last Updated

9 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for identical

The first known use of identical was in 1581

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for identical



English Language Learners Definition of identical

: exactly the same

: exactly alike or equal


iden·ti·cal | \ī-ˈden-ti-kəl \

Kids Definition of identical

1 : being one and the same We saw the identical movie last week.

2 : being exactly alike or equal They wore identical dresses.

Other Words from identical

identically \-kə-lē \ adverb


iden·ti·cal | \ī-ˈdent-i-kəl, ə- \

Medical Definition of identical 

: monozygotic identical twins

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on identical

What made you want to look up identical? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!