Definition of alter ego in English:

alter ego

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Pronunciation: /ˌaltər ˈɛgəʊ
, ˌɒlt-, ˈiːg-/

noun (plural alter egos)

  • 1A person’s secondary or alternative personality: in the flesh she is a million miles from her photographic alter ego
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    • The work also has affinities with Rodney Graham's filmic, psychological explorations of the self, in which the artist assumes various personae or alter egos.
    • He had become a poet of alter egos, personae such as ‘Mathios Paskalis’ and ‘Stratis the Seafarer.’
    • David Bowie has been recording popular music for well over 35 years, gaining initial notoriety for his multiple personalities and alter egos after ‘A Space Oddity.’
  • 1.1An intimate and trusted friend.
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    • So he wants someone to love, and he's invited all his friends and/or alter egos to sing with him…haven't we heard this before?
    • He was my father, my mentor, my alter ego, my irreplaceable best friend.


mid 16th century: Latin, 'other self'.

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