or Doppelgänger

[dop-uh l-gang-er; German daw-puh l-geng-er]
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Origin of doppelgänger

1850–55; < German: literally, double-walker
Also called doubleganger. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for doppelganger

apparition, spirit, double

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British Dictionary definitions for doppelganger


  1. legend a ghostly duplicate of a living person

Word Origin for doppelgänger

from German Doppelgänger, literally: double-goer
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Word Origin and History for doppelganger

1830, from German Doppelgänger, literally "double-goer," originally with a ghostly sense. See double + gang (n.). Sometimes half-anglicized as doubleganger.

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