[ ahy-den-ti-kuhl, ih-den- ]
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  1. similar or alike in every way: The two cars are identical except for their license plates.

  2. being the very same; selfsame: This is the identical room we stayed in last year.

  1. agreeing exactly: identical opinions.

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Origin of identical

First recorded in 1610–20; from Medieval Latin identic(us) identic + -al1

Other words for identical

Other words from identical

  • i·den·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • i·den·ti·cal·ness, noun
  • non·i·den·ti·cal, adjective
  • pseu·do·i·den·ti·cal, adjective
  • qua·si-i·den·ti·cal, adjective
  • qua·si-i·den·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·i·den·ti·cal, adjective
  • un·i·den·ti·cal·ly, adverb

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How to use identical in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for identical


/ (aɪˈdɛntɪkəl) /

  1. Also called: numerically identical being one and the same individual: Cicero and Tully are identical

  2. Also called: quantitatively identical exactly alike, equal, or agreeing

  1. designating either or both of a pair of twins of the same sex who developed from a single fertilized ovum that split into two: Compare fraternal (def. 3)

Origin of identical

C17: from Medieval Latin identicus, from Latin idem the same

Derived forms of identical

  • identically, adverb
  • identicalness, noun

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