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doppelgänger

Definition:

a ghostly double of a living person that haunts its living counterpart

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

doppelgängers

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

doppelganger

Etymology:

German, a double: doppel, double (from French double; see "double") + Gänger,...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Doppelgänger

a paranormal double of a living person. It also describes the sensation of having glimpsed oneself in peripheral vision, in a position where there is no chance that it could have been a reflection. Doppelgängers often are perceived as a sinister form... (42 of 4304 words, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Doppelgänger

Britannica Encyclopedia:

doppelgänger [folklore]

in German folklore, a wraith or apparition of a living person, as distinguished from a ghost. The concept of the existence of a spirit double, an ... (26 of 149 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/169319​/doppelganger

Collins Dictionary:

doppelgänger [legend]

a ghostly duplicate of a living person (7 of 330 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/doppelgänger

Merriam-Webster:

doppelgänger | doppelganger | double [synonym, sense-specific] | alter ego [synonym, sense-specific] | carbon [synonym, sense-specific] | carbon copy [synonym, sense-specific] | clone [synonym, sense-specific] | counterpart [synonym, sense-specific] | image [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a ghostly counterpart of a living person | "double" [sense-specific] ; "alter ego" b ; a person who has the same name as another (23 of 135 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/doppelganger

Wiktionary:

doppelganger | doppelgangers [plural] | doppelgängers [plural] | doppelgänger [sense-specific]

A ghostly double of a living person, especially one that haunts such a person. | An evil twin. | A remarkably similar double. | A person who has the same name as another. | A fantastic monster that takes the forms of people, usually after killing them. (43 of 55 words, 5 definitions, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/doppelganger

American Heritage Dictionary:

doppelgänger

A ghostly double of a living person, especially one that haunts its fleshly counterpart. (14 of 48 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/doppelganger

Oxford Dictionary:

doppelgänger | doppelganger

an apparition or double of a living person (8 of 34 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/doppelgänger

Cambridge Dictionary:

doppelgänger

a spirit that looks exactly like a living person, or a person who looks exactly like someone else but who is not related to them (25 of 31 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/doppelganger

New World Dictionary:

doppelgänger

the supposed ghostly double or wraith of a living person (10 of 22 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/doppelg-anger

Macmillan British Dictionary:

doppelganger [countable] | doppelgangers [plural]

someone who looks like someone else | a spirit that some people believe looks like someone who is alive (18 of 42 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/doppelganger

Encarta Dictionary:

doppelgänger | doppelgängers [plural] | doppelganger: doppelgangers [plural] | doppelgangers [plural] | doppelganger

somebody who closely resembles somebody else | an apparition in the form of a double of a living person (18 of 54 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861606002​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

doppelgänger

Origin: German, a double: doppel, double (from French double; see "double") + Gänger, goer (from Gang, a ... (16 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/doppelganger

Merriam-Webster:

doppelgänger | doppelganger

First use: 1851

Origin: German Doppelgänger, from doppel- double + -gänger goer

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/doppelganger

New World Dictionary:

doppelgänger

Origin: German from doppel, double + gänger, goer: see "gang"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/doppelg-anger

Oxford Dictionary:

doppelgänger | doppelganger

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: German, literally "double-goer"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/doppelgänger

Collins Dictionary:

doppelgänger [legend]

Origin: from German Doppelgänger, literally: double-goer

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/doppelgänger

Online Etymology:

doppelganger

First use: 1830

Origin: German Doppelgänger, literally "double-goer", originally with a ghostly sense. See "double" + "gang". Sometimes half-Anglicized as doubleganger.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=doppelganger

Wiktionary:

doppelganger | doppelgangers [plural]

Origin: Borrowing from German Doppelgänger, "ghostly spirit" literally "double walker", from Doppel ("duplicate, double") + gänger ("goer").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/doppelganger

Encarta Dictionary:

doppelgänger | doppelgängers [plural] | doppelganger: doppelgangers [plural] | doppelgangers [plural]

First use: Mid-19th century

Origin: German, literally "double-goer"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861606002​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

doppelgänger [legend]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "doppelgänger"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/doppelgänger

Cambridge Dictionary:

doppelgänger

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "doppelgänger"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "doppelgänger"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/doppelganger

the Free Dictionary:

doppelgänger

Audio: British English pronunciation of "doppelgänger"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/doppelgänger

Doppelganger

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Doppelganger"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Doppelganger"

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Doppelganger

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "doppelganger" by speech synthesizer

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YourDictionary Audio:

doppelgänger

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "doppelgänger" by speech synthesizer

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doppelgänger

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "doppelgänger" by speech synthesizer

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

doppelganger [countable] | doppelgangers [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "doppelganger"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/doppelganger

Macmillan American Dictionary:

doppelganger [countable] | doppelgangers [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "doppelganger"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/doppelganger

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

doppelganger

Audio: North American pronunciation of "doppelganger"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=doppel​01 word=doppelganger

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