Definition of avatar in English:


Syllabification: av·a·tar
Pronunciation: /ˈavəˌtär


  • 1chiefly Hinduism A manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth; an incarnate divine teacher.
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    • Worship of Vishnu and his various avatars especially Rama and Krishna in a profoundly devotional form is the basis of Vaishnavism.
    • Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana was another major avatar of Vishnu, incarnated in order to rid the world of the demon Ravana.
    • But it is as Krishna, the eighth avatar, that Vishnu steals hearts and minds.
  • 1.1An incarnation, embodiment, or manifestation of a person or idea: he chose John Stuart Mill as the avatar of the liberal view
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    • Both contemporary satirists have really borrowed the idea from the high avatar of absurdism Samuel Beckett.
    • He has many incarnations, his avatars are everywhere!
    • In some circumstances, they weren't even alive during the period in which the real-life avatars of their plastic idols actually flourished.
  • 2 Computing An icon or figure representing a particular person in computer games, Internet forums, etc..
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    • On a lighter note, that the ghetto has become a contended space can be finally demonstrated by a look at its virtual avatars in cyberspace.
    • In terms of self-representation, the homepage is like a statue carved out of marble labelled carefully at the bottom where the weblog is like an avatar in cyberspace that we wear like a skin.
    • Services and products being explored include avatar conferencing, avatars for computer games, avatar fashion websites, avatars for next-generation mobile communications and avatar e-mail.


from Sanskrit avatāra 'descent', from ava 'down' + tar- 'to cross'.

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