Definition of déjà vu in US English:

déjà vu


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

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


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


déjà vu

/ˌdāZHä ˈvo͞o//ˌdeɪʒɑ ˈvu/