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From Latin fac simile (make like), from fac (make) (imperative of facere (make)) + simile (neuter of similis (like, similar)).


  • (US, UK) IPA(key): /fækˈsɪm.ə.li/
  • (file)


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facsimile (countable and uncountable, plural facsimiles or facsimilia)

  1. (countable) A copy or reproduction.
    • 1964, Arthur Danto, “The Artworld”, in James Matheson Thompson, editor, Twentieth Century Theories of Art, published 1990, § VIII, 540:
      To paraphrase the critic of the Times, if one may make the facsimile of a human being out of bronze, why not the facsimile of a Brillo carton out of plywood?
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:facsimile.
  2. (uncountable) Reproduction in the exact form as the original.
    • 1886 October – 1887 January, H[enry] Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., published 1887, →OCLC:
      Indeed his rendering is so excellent an example of mediæval learning and latinity that, even at the risk of sating the learned reader with too many antiquities, I have made up my mind to give it in fac-simile, together with an expanded version for the benefit of those who find the contractions troublesome.
  3. A fax, a machine for making and sending copies of printed material and images via radio or telephone network.
  4. The image sent by the machine itself.



  • Japanese: ファクシミリ



facsimile (third-person singular simple present facsimiles, present participle facsimileing or facsimiling, simple past and past participle facsimiled or facsimilied)

  1. (transitive) To send via a facsimile machine; to fax.
  2. (transitive) To make a copy of; to reproduce.