Definition of past life in English:

past life


  • 1The part of a person's life already lived; (also, in later use) the part of it before a significant change in lifestyle or circumstances.

  • 2A previous incarnation.

  • 3Attributive originally US. Designating or relating to a method of alternative therapy in which a person is regressed, usually through hypnosis, to a supposed previous incarnation; especially in "past-life regression", "past-life therapy".


Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Wyrley (1565–1618), antiquary and herald. From past + life.


past life

/ˌpɑːst ˈlʌɪf//ˌpast ˈlʌɪf/