Definition of alter ego in English:

alter ego


  • 1A person's secondary or alternative personality.

    ‘in the flesh she is a million miles from her photographic alter ego’
    • ‘David Bowie has been recording popular music for well over 35 years, gaining initial notoriety for his multiple personalities and alter egos after ‘A Space Oddity.’’
    • ‘This second figure suggests an alter ego who is critical of the housewife's servile predicament.’
    • ‘He had become a poet of alter egos, personae such as ‘Mathios Paskalis’ and ‘Stratis the Seafarer.’’
    • ‘He excels when playing the unselfish alter ego of his actual character as he tries to win back the heart of his lost love through familiar romantic gestures of old.’
    • ‘I rejected the idea of using my alter ego film character for the interview, after all he never sold any of my films - why have him screw up the interview?’
    • ‘It seems, then, that there is uncertainty from the start as to whether the apparently original self or its alter ego is the double in question.’
    • ‘The work also has affinities with Rodney Graham's filmic, psychological explorations of the self, in which the artist assumes various personae or alter egos.’
    • ‘It's the first try to get the message over that Dracula was a real person and in no way less brutal than his fictional alter ego.’
    • ‘Pee-Wee was an instant hit, and became something of an alter ego for Reubens - there was no separating the character and the man behind it.’
    • ‘Cooper says he wanted to see if people's real lives were echoed in their digital alter egos in role-playing environments.’
    • ‘Was this person Mandy's alter ego, a woman they never knew?’
    • ‘Jekyll ends up unleashing the worst of his personality and physically transforms into his evil alter ego, Mr Hyde.’
    • ‘Now when the team sinks without trace you start to wonder about alter egos and bipolar personalities.’
    • ‘Valen's counterfeit mutated into a destructive alter ego that was usually kept safely secluded in the subconscious.’
    • ‘As it turns out, Dr. Jekyll has invented a chemical formula that can turn a person into his alter ego.’
    • ‘Princess Ai is a great character because she feels like my alter ego, but in a fantasy setting.’
    • ‘Many times one gets the impression he would rather live life as his schizoid alter ego, a sulky, moody 12-year-old trapped in a man's body.’
    • ‘Quality leather and period clothing is required, as is a unique registered Cowboy Action name to match your cowboy alter ego.’
    • ‘A psychiatrist advised the police that there was no generally accepted psychiatric disease which would permit a person to blame an alter ego.’
    • ‘Avatars, or alter egos that people create for on-line games or singles spaces, would no doubt confirm his beliefs about the self-seduction of the masses by simulations.’
    1. 1.1An intimate and trusted friend.
      • ‘He was my father, my mentor, my alter ego, my irreplaceable best friend.’
      • ‘So he wants someone to love, and he's invited all his friends and/or alter egos to sing with him…haven't we heard this before?’


Mid 16th century: Latin, other self.


alter ego

/ˌɒltər ˈiːɡəʊ/