rep·​li·​ca | \ ˈre-pli-kə How to pronounce replica (audio) \

Definition of replica

1 : an exact reproduction (as of a painting) executed by the original artist a replica of this was painted … this year— Constance Strachey
2 : a copy exact in all details DNA makes a replica of itself sailed a replica of the Viking ship broadly : copy this faithful, pathetic replica of a Midwestern suburb — G. F. Kennan

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reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing. reproductions from the museum's furniture collection duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing. a duplicate of a house key copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically. printed 1000 copies of the lithograph facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale. a facsimile of a rare book replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details a replica of the Mayflower but not always in the same scale. miniature replicas of classic cars

Examples of replica in a Sentence

We toured a replica of the ship. It's an authentic replica of an ancient Greek urn.
Recent Examples on the Web The e-Edition is a digital replica of our daily paper - ads and all. The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Enquirer, "Everything you love about the paper and more," 20 Aug. 2020 Dressed in turquoise and white, Chanice is a 19-foot-long replica 1961 Shasta Airflyte camper, carbon-copied from the 1961 blueprints. Andrea Reeves, The Enquirer, "1 couple, 3 dogs and a vintage camper named Chanice: How to travel during a pandemic," 18 Sep. 2020 Suspended from the ceiling of the American Museum of Natural History is a ninety-four-foot replica of a female blue, found dead off the coast of South America in 1923, made of polyurethane, a fiberglass coating, and six hundred pounds of paint. Rebecca Giggs, Harper's Magazine, "Save the Whales," 15 Sep. 2020 Staley is a produce vendor in the marketplace at Flood Zone, and her boat is a close replica of her produce wagon. Megan Woodward,, "‘That’s Union Bridge for you’: Brewery’s boat parade raises over $14,000 for fire companies," 10 Sep. 2020 The on-screen version of the dress is a striking replica of the original—that's because the original designers of Diana's dress were involved. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emma Corrin Says Wearing Princess Diana's Wedding Dress in The Crown Left Everyone "Completely Silent"," 8 Sep. 2020 The bell is a replica of the church bell rung by Father Miguel Hidalgo in the city of Dolores, Mexico, on Sept. 16, 1810, as a call to arms, launching the Mexican War of Independence. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Replica of famous Mexican bell arrives in Salt Lake City," 30 Aug. 2020 The male then fled and dropped the gun, which was located and determined to be a replica. Allana Haynes,, "Howard County police news from July 30-Aug. 6," 11 Aug. 2020 The cylinder, the archaeologists believe, may be a miniature replica of a chipana, a type of bracelet that Inca noblemen wore on their right forearm. National Geographic, "Centuries-old Inca offering discovered in sacred lake," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of replica

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for replica

Italian, repetition, from replicare to repeat, from Late Latin, from Latin, to fold back — more at reply

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The first known use of replica was in 1824

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11 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Replica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce replica (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of replica

: an exact or very close copy of something


rep·​li·​ca | \ ˈre-pli-kə How to pronounce replica (audio) \

Kids Definition of replica

: a very exact copy

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