Definition of déjà vu in English:

déjà vu

noun

  • [mass noun] A feeling of having already experienced the present situation.

    ‘a feeling of déjà vu’
    ‘to list the opponents of his policies is to invite boredom and a sense of déjà vu’
    • ‘She had a strange sense of déjà vu as she dumped her bag on the counter.’
    • ‘Could you explain what happens with temporal lobe epilepsy and why people who have that condition might experience déjà vu more.’
    • ‘If there was such a thing as déjà vu, he experienced it right then.’
    • ‘It felt like déjà vu for the second time in a row, and it was very strange.’
    • ‘It seems to me that under the theory I put forth the individual experiencing déjà vu would be both making and retrieving a memory at the same time.’
    • ‘A shiver crept down my spine as I experienced an acute sense of déjà vu.’
    • ‘I turn and, for a split second, have a horrible sense of déjà vu.’
    • ‘What is his interpretation of the common human experience of déjà vu?’
    • ‘Sitting there at the table, I felt a sudden sense of déjà vu, and at that moment it was as though I had never been away.’
    • ‘She also experienced occasional feelings of déjà vu.’
    • ‘I feel déjà vu, as this already happened before somewhere.’
    • ‘She talked about the strange things happening with a weird sense of déjà vu when she'd first met Nadine.’
    • ‘A sense of terrible déjà vu took over Lia and she felt as though she were twelve years old once again in the crumbling old shack her father liked to call a house.’
    • ‘She had a twisted vision of déjà vu where she was back in New Jersey, just meeting her best friend.’
    • ‘The doctrine of karma says that one experiences déjà vu because of reincarnation.’
    • ‘I felt so strange, like an experience of déjà vu; I felt so certain my mother had said all of these things to me at one point, long long ago when I was a small child.’
    • ‘People who object to the argument say that people who experience déjà vu are not remembering experiences from their former lives.’
    • ‘I experienced a sense of déjà vu, at a party just a little while ago she had appeared the same way.’
    • ‘I went to visit a friend in Cambridge this weekend and whilst we were in the pub last night I had the strangest sense of déjà vu I've ever experienced.’
    • ‘Subjectively, patients are likely to experience déjà vu and sensory, motor, or autonomic symptoms.’

Origin

Early 20th century: French, literally already seen.

Pronunciation:

déjà vu

/French deʒa vy//deɪʒɑː ˈvuː/