[ er-zahts, -sahts, er-zahts, -sahts ]
/ ˈɛr zɑts, -sɑts, ɛrˈzɑts, -ˈsɑts /


serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial: an ersatz coffee made from grain.


an artificial substance or article used to replace something natural or genuine; a substitute.

Origin of ersatz

1870–75; < German Ersatz a substitute (derivative of ersetzen to replace) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for ersatz

/ (ˈɛəzæts, ˈɜː-) /


made in imitation of some natural or genuine product; artificial


an ersatz substance or article

Word Origin for ersatz

C20: German, from ersetzen to substitute
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