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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being the very same; identical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Precisely the same; the very same; identical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Precisely the same; the very same; identical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The very same; identical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being the exact same one; not any other:

Etymologies

From Middle English selfsame, from earlier selve same, equivalent to self +‎ same or self- +‎ same. Compare Old High German selbsama ("selfsame, identical"), Danish selvsamme ("selfsame, identical"), English selfsome. More at self, same. (Wiktionary)

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