alter ego

[awl-ter ee-goh, eg-oh, al-]

noun

a second self; a perfect substitute or deputy: His adviser acts as his alter ego during his absence.
an inseparable friend.
another aspect of one's self.

Nearby words

  1. altdorf,
  2. altdorfer,
  3. altdorfer, albrecht,
  4. alte pinakothek,
  5. alter,
  6. alter idem,
  7. alter.,
  8. alterable,
  9. alterant,
  10. alteration

Origin of alter ego

1530–40; < Latin (Cicero), probably translation of Greek állos egṓ, héteros egṓ another I

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British Dictionary definitions for alter ego

alter ego

noun

a second self
a very close and intimate friend

Word Origin for alter ego

Latin: other self

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Word Origin and History for alter ego

alter ego

1530s, from Latin phrase (used by Cicero), "a second self, a trusted friend" (cf. Greek allos ego); see alter and ego.

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Medicine definitions for alter ego

alter ego

[ôltər]

n.

Another side of oneself; a second self.

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Culture definitions for alter ego

alter ego

[(awl-tuhr ee-goh)]

An intimate friend, considered another side of oneself: “He was my alter ego; we were always picking up each other's thoughts.” Alter ego is Latin for “another I.”

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