a chameleonlike person who is unusually ubiquitous.

Origin of Zelig

from Leonard Zelig, main character in Zelig, 1984 film by W. Allen


[zee-lig, zel-ig]


a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “blessed.”
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  • Before we get pistols and learn to use them well be asleep under a quilt of earth, said Zelig.

  • I suppose there can be no doubt that “Zelig” is by all odds the most nobly conceived and finely wrought story of the year.

  • With them the cantor signed a contract by which Zelig was bound to him as a kind of musical apprentice for three years.

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  • The Bellman, in which “Zelig” appeared, is remarkable for the brilliance and power of its fiction.