アバター

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Etymology[edit]

From English avatar, ultimately from Sanskrit अवतार (ava-tāra, descent of a deity from a heaven), a compound of अव (ava, off, away, down) and the vṛddhi-stem of the root तरति (tarati, to cross).

Noun[edit]

アバター (romaji abatā)

  1. (computing): an avatar: a user's visual representation during online communication; usually an icon

Usage notes[edit]

In contexts referring to the religious aspects of the English term avatar, the more common words to use would be 天下り (amakudari) or 神降 (kamioroshi).