Dictionary.com

doppelgänger

or Doppelgänger

[ dop-uhl-gang-er; German daw-puhl-geng-er ]
/ ˈdɒp əlˌgæŋ ər; German ˈdɔ pəlˌgɛŋ ər /
Save This Word!

noun

a ghostly double or counterpart of a living person.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.
Also called doubleganger.

Origin of doppelgänger

1850–55; <German: literally, double-walker
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for doppelgänger

doppelgänger
/ (ˈdɒpəlˌɡɛŋə, German ˈdɔpəlˌɡɛŋər) /

noun

legend a ghostly duplicate of a living person
from German Doppelgänger, literally: double-goer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Get Online Help For Kids!