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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Sanskrit, late 18th century


An icon or figure representing a particular person in video games, internet forums, etc.


A manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth; an incarnate divine teacher (mainly in Hinduism).

Examples of Avatar in a sentence

"Derek’s avatar on the text thread is a cartoon."

"Meghan chose the fox as her avatar in the video game."

About Avatar

This word originates from the Sanskrit “avantarana,” meaning “descent of a deity to the earth in incarnate form.”

Did you Know?

The rise of technology seems to coincide with a rise in popularity of the word “avatar.” In computer terminology, usage of the word seems to trace back to the 1992 sci-fi novel “Snowcrash” by Neal Stephenson, which features an alternate universe populated by avatars.

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