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[zel-ig] /ˈzɛl ɪg/
a chameleonlike person who is unusually ubiquitous.
Origin of Zelig1
from Leonard Zelig, main character in Zelig, 1984 film by W. Allen


[zee-lig, zel-ig] /ˈzi lɪg, ˈzɛl ɪg/
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “blessed.”. Unabridged
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  • Before we get pistols and learn to use them well be asleep under a quilt of earth, said Zelig.

  • I suppose there can be no doubt that “Zelig” is by all odds the most nobly conceived and finely wrought story of the year.

  • With them the cantor signed a contract by which Zelig was bound to him as a kind of musical apprentice for three years.

    The Spirit of the Ghetto Hutchins Hapgood
  • The Bellman, in which “Zelig” appeared, is remarkable for the brilliance and power of its fiction.

Contemporary definitions for Zelig

an omnipresent person; a person who appears to be present everywhere

Word Origin

after Leonard Zelig, hero of the 1983 movie Zelig by Woody Allen's 21st Century Lexicon
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