Origin of déjà vuFr, already seen
Deja vu is defined as the sometimes creepy feeling that you have been somewhere before or had a specific experience before, even if you really haven't.
An example of deja vu is when you walk into a house and are sure you have already seen it because it is so familiar when in reality you haven't.
an uncanny feeling that one has been in this same place or had this same, specific experience before, although it is actually new to one
- Psychology The illusion of having already experienced something actually being experienced for the first time.
- a. An impression of having seen or experienced something before: Old-timers watched the stock-market crash with a distinct sense of déjà vu.b. Dull familiarity; monotony: the déjà vu of the tabloid headlines.
Origin of deja vuFrench déjà-vu déjà already ( from Old French des ja from now on ) ( from des from ) ( ja now ) ( from Latin iam ) vu seen ( from Old French veu ) ( from Vulgar Latin vidūtus ) ( alteration of vīsus ) ( past participle of vidēre to see ; see weid- in Indo-European roots.)
(plural deja vus)
- A feeling of having previously experienced something, especially when that is not the case.
- Have I done this before? Talk about dÃ©jÃ vu.