from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Psychology The illusion of having already experienced something actually being experienced for the first time.
- n. An impression of having seen or experienced something before: Old-timers watched the stock-market crash with a distinct sense of déjà vu.
- n. Dull familiarity; monotony: the déjà vu of the tabloid headlines.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something which one has or suspects to have seen or experienced before, especially when that’s not the case.
French : déjà, already + vu, seen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French. From déjà, “already”, + vu, “seen”, past participle of voir, “to see” (Wiktionary)