- The definition of same is a person or thing which is equal or identical to another.
- An example of same is a pair of earrings, meaning both earrings are the same.
- An example of same is identical twins, meaning both people look the same.
- An example of same is a person spoken about and then spoken about again later, meaning both people are the same person.
These two earrings are the same.
- being the very one; identical
- alike in kind, quality, amount, or degree; corresponding: often prefixed to nouns or past participles to form adjectives
- unchanged; not different: to look the same as ever
- before-mentioned; just spoken of
Origin of sameMiddle English ; from Old Norse samr, akin to Gothic sama, Old High German samo, Old English same ; from Indo-European an unverified form som-, variant, variety of base an unverified form sem-, one, together, with from source Sanskrit saṃ, Classical Greek homōs, alike, Classical Latin simul, at the same time, similis, like
- Being the very one; identical: the same boat we rented before.
- Similar in kind, quality, quantity, or degree: The ceremony went off with the same elegance that it has had every year.
- Conforming in every detail: according to the same rules as before.
- Being the one previously mentioned or indicated; aforesaid: “There was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout” (King James Bible).
- Someone or something identical with another: She ordered the Greek salad. I'll have the same.
- Someone or something previously mentioned or described: When you have filled out the form, please remit same to this office.
Origin of sameMiddle English, from Old Norse samr; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Not different or other; not another or others; not different as regards self; selfsame; numerically identical.
- Are you the same person who phoned me yesterday?
- I realised I was the same age as my grandfather had been when he joined the air force.
- Even if the twins are identical, they are still not the same person, unlike Mark Twain and Samuel Clemens.
- Peter and Anna went to the same high school: the high school to which Peter went is the high school to which Anna went.
- Similar, alike.
- You have the same hair I do!
- Used to express the unity of an object or person which has various different descriptions or qualities.
- Round here it can be cloudy and sunny even in the same day.
- We were all going in the same direction.
- A reply of confirmation of identity.
- This word is usually construed with the (except after demonstratives: "this same.." etc.). This can make it difficult to distinguish between the simple adjective and the adjective used absolutely or pronominally.
- The identical thing, ditto.
- The same can be said of him.
- Something similar, something of the identical type.
- She's having apple pie? I'll have the same. You two are just the same.
- (formal, often law) It or them, without a connotation of similarity.
- The question is his credibility or lack of same.
- Light valve suspensions and films containing UV absorbers and light valves containing the same (US Patent 5,467,217)
- Methods of selectively distributing data in a computer network and systems using the same (US Patent 7,191,208)
- This word is commonly used as the same.
From Middle English same, from Old Norse samr (“same”), and/or from Old English same (“same”) in the phrase swā same (swā) (“in like manner, in the same way (as)”). Both from Proto-Germanic *samaz (“same”), from Proto-Indo-European *somHós (“same”). Cognate with Scots samin (“same, like, together”), Danish samme (“same”), Swedish samma (“same”), Gothic (sama), a weak adjectival form, Ancient Greek ὁμός (homós, “same”), Old Irish som, Russian самый (sámyj), Sanskrit सम (sama), Persian هم (ham, “also, same”).
(comparative more same, superlative most same)
- (obsolete or UK dialectal) Together.
From Middle English same, samme, samen, (also ysame, isame), from Old English samen (“together”), from Proto-Germanic *samana- (“together”), from Proto-Indo-European *sem- (“one, together”). Cognate with Scots samin (“together”), Dutch samen (“together”), German zusammen (“together”), Swedish samman (“together”), Icelandic saman (“together”).