Definition of facsimile in English:

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Pronunciation: /fakˈsɪmɪli/


1An exact copy, especially of written or printed material: a facsimile of the manuscript [as modifier]: facsimile editions
More example sentences
  • Modern edited texts, he argues, posit a kind of authorial intention which did not exist for many of the writers whose plays are preserved in print, while facsimiles hypostatize one printed copy of a play as ‘the play.’
  • ‘The books in this program are printed as facsimiles of the last edition,’ says John Walsh, production manager at the press.
  • Sometimes, rather than going to the trouble of printing a facsimile of an existing book, he used the original edition itself by purchasing a number of copies and altering each of them by hand.
copy, reproduction, duplicate, photocopy, mimeograph, mimeo, replica, likeness, carbon, carbon copy, print, reprint, offprint, image;
fax, telefax;
North American  telecopy;
Printing  autotype
trademark Xerox, photostat
double, lookalike, twin, clone, duplicate, perfect likeness, exact likeness, echo, replica, copy, imitation, picture, image, living image, mirror-image;
German Doppelgänger
informal spitting image, dead ringer, ringer, (very) spit, dead spit, spit and image
1.1 another term for fax1.
Example sentences
  • The business centre has full secretarial and administrative services Internet access, photocopying, full colour laser printing, a facsimile service and couriers.
  • In the meantime we attach a duly authorised copy of your facsimile dated 6th October 2000, which can now be included in the aforementioned Sub-Contract Agreement.
  • She accepted the offer by return facsimile the same day.

verb (facsimiles, facsimileing, facsimiled)

[with object]
Make a copy of: the ride was facsimiled for another theme park
More example sentences
  • All those who did not respond were contacted by telephone, and the questionnaire was facsimiled a second time.
  • From the given facts we know Wen had facsimiled a letter to Jo revoking his offer before Jo received the letter and replied to it.


in facsimile

As an exact copy: thirty pages are reproduced in facsimile
More example sentences
  • While a few missing pages in Winterthur's copy have been supplied in facsimile, the work as a whole appears to be one of only four known copies.
  • At this point, it is worth noting the strides in technology which have significantly improved low-cost copying techniques since the British Museum manuscript was reproduced in facsimile by the same publishers.
  • What were obvious forgeries were reproduced in facsimile in J. M. Stuart-Young's ‘preposterous’ book, Osrac the Self-Sufficient.


Late 16th century (originally as fac simile, denoting the making of an exact copy, especially of writing): modern Latin, from Latin fac! (imperative of facere 'make') and simile (neuter of similis 'like').

  • This was originally written fac simile, meaning the making of an exact copy, usually a copy of a piece of writing. It is modern Latin, from Latin fac ‘make’ and simile ‘like’. The abbreviation fax dates from the 1940s.

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