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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

1784,[1] from Hindustani (Hindi-Urdu) अवतार / اوتار (avatār), from Sanskrit अवतार (avatāra, 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).

In computing use, saw some use in 1980s videos games – 1985 online role-playing game Habitat by Lucasfilm Games (today LucasArts), by Chip Morningstar and Randy Farmer,[2] later versions of the Ultima series (following religious use in 1985 Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar), and 1989 pen and paper role-playing game Shadowrun. Popularized by 1992 novel Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌæv.əˈtɑ/, /ˈæv.ə.tɑ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæv.ə.tɑɹ/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: av‧a‧tar

Noun[edit]

avatar (plural avatars)

  1. In Hinduism the incarnation of a deity, particularly Vishnu.
  2. The physical embodiment of an idea or concept; a personification.
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, dedicatory letter to Kidnapped [contrasting the historical Alan Breac with his incarnation in the novel].
      And honest Alan, who was a grim fire-eater in his day, has in this new avatar no more desperate purpose than to steal some young gentleman's attention from his Ovid...
  3. (computing or gaming) A digital representation or handle of a person or being; often, it can take on any of various forms, as a participant chooses. i.e. 3D, animated, photo, sketch

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See also[edit]

 Avatar on Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 avatar” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  2. ^ Morabito, Margaret. "Enter the Online World of LucasFilm." Run Aug. 1986: 24-28

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hindustani अवतार / اوتار (avatār), from Sanskrit अवतार (avatāra, 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).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /a.va.taʁ/
  • Homophone: avatars
  • Hyphenation: a‧va‧tar

Noun[edit]

avatar m (plural avatars)

  1. (religion, hinduism) avatar
  2. (computing) avatar

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

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avatar m (invariable)

  1. avatar (all senses)

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

avatar m

  1. avatar

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /aʋǎtaːr/
  • Hyphenation: a‧va‧tar

Noun[edit]

avàtār m (Cyrillic spelling ава̀та̄р)

  1. avatar

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