- 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 &ellipsis; 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)