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.
- 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 vid&umacron;tus, alteration of v&imacron;sus, past participle of vid&emacron;re, 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.