- 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.
same definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
same definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Being the very one; identical: the same boat we rented before.
- Similar in kind, quality, quantity, or degree.
- Conforming in every detail: according to the same rules as before.
- Being the one previously mentioned or indicated; aforesaid.
- Someone or something identical with another.
- Someone or something previously mentioned or described.
Origin: Middle English, from Old Norse samr; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.Usage Note: The expressions same and the same are sometimes used in place of pronouns such as it or one, as in When you have filled out the form, please remit same to this office. As this example suggests, the usage is associated chiefly with business and legal language, and some critics have suggested that it should be reserved for such contexts. But though the usage often does sound stilted, it occurs with some frequency in informal writing, particularly in the phrase lack of same, as in It is a question of money, or lack of same.