Share this entry
doppelgänger Syllabification: dop·pel·gäng·er
Pronunciation: /ˈdäpəlˌɡaNGər/

Definition of doppelgänger in English:


An apparition or double of a living person: he has a doppelgänger named Donald, his invented twin brother
More example sentences
  • As such, video game enemies in sibling-based stories are more likely to be doppelgängers, shadows or doubles of the player-characters.
  • The history of doppelgängers and doubles, you see, is intimately bound up with human mortality and the origins of image making.
  • Among other syndromes, they mentioned doppelgängers or subjective doubles.


Mid 19th century: from German, literally 'double-goer'.

Definition of doppelgänger in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources