[sim-yuh-ley-kruh m]

noun, plural sim·u·la·cra [sim-yuh-ley-kruh] /ˌsɪm yəˈleɪ krə/.

a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance.
an effigy, image, or representation: a simulacrum of Aphrodite.

Nearby words

  1. sims' position,
  2. sims, william sowden,
  3. simsbury,
  4. simul,
  5. simulacre,
  6. simulant,
  7. simular,
  8. simulate,
  9. simulated,
  10. simulation

Origin of simulacrum

1590–1600; < Latin simulācrum likeness, image, equivalent to simulā(re) to simulate + -crum instrumental suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for simulacrum


noun plural -cra (-krə) archaic

any image or representation of something
a slight, unreal, or vague semblance of something; superficial likeness

Word Origin for simulacrum

C16: from Latin: likeness, from simulāre to imitate, from similis like

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Word Origin and History for simulacrum



1590s, from Latin simulacrum "likeness, image, form, representation, portrait," dissimilated from *simulaclom, from simulare "to make like, imitate, copy, represent" (see simulation). The word was borrowed earlier as semulacre (late 14c.), via Old French simulacre.

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