Definition of déjà vu in English:

déjà vu


  • 1A feeling of having already experienced the present situation.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘I experienced a sense of déjà vu, at a party just a little while ago she had appeared the same way.’
    • ‘The doctrine of karma says that one experiences déjà vu because of reincarnation.’
    • ‘If there was such a thing as déjà vu, he experienced it right then.’
    • ‘I turn and, for a split second, have a horrible sense of déjà vu.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A shiver crept down my spine as I experienced an acute sense of déjà vu.’
    • ‘She also experienced occasional feelings of déjà vu.’
    • ‘She had a twisted vision of déjà vu where she was back in New Jersey, just meeting her best friend.’
    • ‘Subjectively, patients are likely to experience déjà vu and sensory, motor, or autonomic symptoms.’
    • ‘She talked about the strange things happening with a weird sense of déjà vu when she'd first met Nadine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Could you explain what happens with temporal lobe epilepsy and why people who have that condition might experience déjà vu more.’
    • ‘I feel déjà vu, as this already happened before somewhere.’
    • ‘It felt like déjà vu for the second time in a row, and it was very strange.’
    • ‘She had a strange sense of déjà vu as she dumped her bag on the counter.’
    • ‘People who object to the argument say that people who experience déjà vu are not remembering experiences from their former lives.’
    1. 1.1 Tedious familiarity.
      ‘to list the opponents of his policies is to invite boredom and a sense of déjà vu’
      • ‘Nevertheless, some readers might experience déjà vu, that sense that they have been here before, and for good reason.’
      • ‘The predictable gameplay is overburdened with boring fetch quests, drawing out an already overlong feeling of déjà vu.’
      • ‘As I read through the report's introduction, I experienced twinges of déjà vu.’
      • ‘Back then, 2 years ago, we were told that all of that money was going to fund roading to fix the transport problems in this country, and here we are again - we have a sense of déjà vu.’
      • ‘A soundtrack of canned fiddle tunes completes the déjà vu.’


Early 20th century: French, literally ‘already seen’.


déjà vu

/ˌdāZHä ˈvo͞o//ˌdeɪʒɑ ˈvu/