- The definition of ersatz is a substitute or synthetic.
An example of ersatz used as an adjective is in the phrase "ersatz butter," which means fake butter.
- Ersatz is defined as an artificial substance that replaces something genuine.
An example of an ersatz is non-dairy coffee creamer used to replace real cream.
Origin of ersatzGer, literally , replacement from ersetzen, to replace from er- ( from Old High German ir-, re-) + setzen, to place, set
- Being a usually inferior imitation or substitute; artificial: ersatz coffee made of chicory.
- Not genuine; fake: “Popularity was an intoxicant … reporters began to ask for interviews and I gave them in an ersatz accent” ( Maya Angelou )
Origin of ersatzGerman replacement from ersetzen to replace from Old High German irsezzan ir- out ; see ud- in Indo-European roots. sezzan to set ; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more ersatz, superlative most ersatz)