Definition of Zelig in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈzɛlɪɡ/


North American
A person who is able to change their appearance, behaviour, or attitudes, so as to be comfortable in any situation: he has become a veritable Zelig of high technology, burrowing into every information industry nook
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  • He felt he had to become a Zelig character, redefine himself to accommodate this new reality.


1980s: from the name of Leonard Zelig, central character in Woody Allen's film Zelig (1983).

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