[ self-ahy-den-tuh-fi-key-shuh n, -i-den-, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlf aɪˌdɛn tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, -ɪˌdɛn-, ˌsɛlf- /


identification of oneself with some other person or thing.

Origin of self-identification

First recorded in 1950–55

Definition for self identification (2 of 2)


[ self-ahy-den-ti-fahy, ‐i-den-ti-fahy ]
/ ˈsɛlf aɪˈdɛn tɪˌfaɪ, ‐ɪˈdɛn tɪˌfaɪ /

verb (used without object)

identify(defs 7, 8): to self-identify as gay; to self-identify with others in the same situation.

verb (used with object)

identify(defs 4, 6): I've never self-identified myself with that radical mentality. She sometimes self-identifies herself with her patients.

Origin of self-identify

First recorded in 1960–65; self + identify

Related forms

self-i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019