avatar

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Attested 1784,[1] borrowed from Hindustani अवतार / اوتار(avtār), 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 √तॄ (√tṝ, 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 the 1992 novel Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌæv.əˈtɑː/, /ˈæv.ə.tɑː/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæv.ə.tɑɹ/
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  • Hyphenation: av‧a‧tar
  • Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)

Noun[edit]

avatar (plural avatars)

  1. (Hinduism) the incarnation of a deity, particularly Vishnu.
  2. The physical embodiment of an idea or concept; a personification.
  3. (computing or video games) A digital representation of a person or being; often, it can take on any of various forms, as a participant chooses. e.g. 3D, animated, photo, sketch of a person or a person's alter ego, sometimes used in a virtual world or virtual chat room.
    Hyponyms: profile picture, user pic
    • 1992, Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash:
      The people are pieces of software called avatars. They are the audiovisual bodies that people use to communicate with each other in the Metaverse.
    • 2013 November 27, Roger Cohen, “The past in our future”, in The New York Times[1]:
      Devices now track and record our every move and, whether we like it or not, each one of us will bequeath to posterity a virtual avatar, a digital being whose calls, messages, transactions, loves and losses will live on in a vast, unregulated cyberspace. The afterlife has arrived, at least for our cyberbeings.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “avatar”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  2. ^ Morabito, Margaret. "Enter the Online World of LucasFilm." Run Aug. 1986: 24-28

Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English, from Sanskrit.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

avatar m (plural avatars)

  1. (computer games) avatar

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Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɑʋɑtɑr/, [ˈɑʋɑt̪ɑr]
  • Rhymes: -ɑʋɑtɑr
  • Syllabification: a‧va‧tar

Noun[edit]

avatar

  1. avatar (earthly incarnation of a deity, particularly Vishnu)
  2. (rare) avatar (physical embodiment of an idea or concept)
    Synonym: ruumiillistuma
  3. (rare) avatar (digital representation of a person or being)
    Synonyms: hahmo, virtuaalihahmo

Declension[edit]

Inflection of avatar (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative avatar avatarit
genitive avatarin avatarien
partitive avataria avatareja
illative avatariin avatareihin
singular plural
nominative avatar avatarit
accusative nom. avatar avatarit
gen. avatarin
genitive avatarin avatarien
partitive avataria avatareja
inessive avatarissa avatareissa
elative avatarista avatareista
illative avatariin avatareihin
adessive avatarilla avatareilla
ablative avatarilta avatareilta
allative avatarille avatareille
essive avatarina avatareina
translative avatariksi avatareiksi
instructive avatarein
abessive avataritta avatareitta
comitative avatareineen
Possessive forms of avatar (type risti)
possessor singular plural
1st person avatarini avatarimme
2nd person avatarisi avatarinne
3rd person avatarinsa

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hindustani अवतार / اوتار(avtār), 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 (√tṝ, to cross).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

avatar m (plural avatars)

  1. (Hinduism) avatar
  2. (computing) avatar

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Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English avatar, from Hindustani अवतार / اوتار(avtār), 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 (√tṝ, to cross). Doublet of awatara.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /avatar/
  • Hyphenation: ava‧tar

Noun[edit]

avatar

  1. avatar,
    1. (Hinduism) the incarnation of a deity, particularly Vishnu.
      Synonym: awatara
    2. (computing) a digital representation of a person or being; often, it can take on any of various forms, as a participant chooses. e.g. 3D, animated, photo, sketch of a person or a person's alter ego, sometimes used in a virtual world or virtual chat room.

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Italian[edit]

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Noun[edit]

avatar m (invariable)

  1. avatar (all senses)

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

avatar m (plural avatares)

  1. avatar

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French avatar.

Noun[edit]

avatar n (plural avataruri)

  1. avatar

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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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Spanish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /abaˈtaɾ/, [a.β̞aˈt̪aɾ]

Noun[edit]

avatar m (plural avatares)

  1. avatar
  2. vicissitudes, ups and downs (plural)

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