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)


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  • Haha!

    Wait...did I say that before?

    December 2, 2008

  • cf.

    December 2, 2008

  • That's funny, Cranewang. ;-)

    July 25, 2007

  • put some french words in your vocabulary, and your language just shine like a french fry.

    July 19, 2007