alter ego

[ awl-ter ee-goh, eg-oh, al- ]
/ ˈɔl tər ˈi goʊ, ˌɛg oʊ, ˈæl- /

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.

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

/ (ˈæltər ˈiːɡəʊ, ˈɛɡəʊ) /

noun

a second self
a very close and intimate friend

Word Origin for alter ego

Latin: other self
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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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