[ rep-li-kuh ]
/ ˈrɛp lɪ kə /


a copy or reproduction of a work of art produced by the maker of the original or under his or her supervision.
any close or exact copy or reproduction.

Origin of replica

1815–25; < Italian: reply, repetition, derivative of replicare to repeat < Late Latin replicāre to reply Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for replica


/ (ˈrɛplɪkə) /


an exact copy or reproduction, esp on a smaller scale

Word Origin for replica

C19: from Italian, literally: a reply, from replicare to repeat, from Latin: to bend back, repeat
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Word Origin and History for replica



1824, from Italian replica "copy, repetition, reply," from replicare "to duplicate," from Latin replicare "to repeat" (see reply (v.)). Properly, a copy of a work of art made by the original artist.

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