What does Avatar mean?

Definitions for Avatar
ˈæv əˌtɑr, ˌæv əˈtɑravatar

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Avatar.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. embodiment, incarnation, avatarnoun

    a new personification of a familiar idea

    "the embodiment of hope"; "the incarnation of evil"; "the very avatar of cunning"

  2. avatarnoun

    the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal form

    "the Buddha is considered an avatar of the god Vishnu"


  1. Avatarnoun

    An incarnation, embodiment or personification of a principle, quality, or attitude; -- used of people, mostly in a positive sense as a manifestation of a behavior or character worthy of admiration.


  1. avatarnoun

    In Hinduism the incarnation of a deity, particularly Vishnu.

  2. avatarnoun

    The physical embodiment of an idea or concept; a personification.

  3. avatarnoun

    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


  1. avatar

    An avatar is a graphical representation of a user or a user's character or persona in a digital context. It could be a two-dimensional or three-dimensional figure or icon used in video games, forums, virtual reality, or online communities. It could also refer to a computer user's representation of themselves or alter ego, often in the form of a three-dimensional model used in computer games. In a wider spiritual context, it can refer to the incarnation, bodily manifestation, or manifestation of a concept or philosophy, often in a specific form.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Avatarnoun

    the descent of a deity to earth, and his incarnation as a man or an animal; -- chiefly associated with the incarnations of Vishnu

  2. Avatarnoun

    incarnation; manifestation as an object of worship or admiration

  3. Etymology: [Skr. avatra descent; ava from + root t to cross, pass over.]


  1. Avatar

    In computing, an avatar is the graphical representation of the user or the user's alter ego or character. It may take either a three-dimensional form, as in games or virtual worlds, or a two-dimensional form as an icon in Internet forums and other online communities. It can also refer to a text construct found on early systems such as MUDs. It is an object representing the user. The term "avatar" can also refer to the personality connected with the screen name, or handle, of an Internet user.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Avatar

    a-va-tär′, n. the descent of a Hindu deity in a visible form: incarnation: (fig.) supreme glorification of any principle. [Sans.; ava, away, down, tar, to pass over.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. avatar

    [in Hindu mythology, the incarnation of a god] 1. Among people working on virtual reality and cyberspace interfaces, an avatar is an icon or representation of a user in a shared virtual reality. The term is sometimes used on MUDs. 2. [CMU, Tektronix] root, superuser. There are quite a few Unix machines on which the name of the superuser account is ‘avatar’ rather than ‘root’. This quirk was originated by a CMU hacker who found the terms root and superuser unimaginative, and thought ‘avatar’ might better impress people with the responsibility they were accepting.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Avatar in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Avatar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Avatar in a Sentence

  1. Paul Dergarabedian:

    The doors that were opened to Disney’s ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ have benefited both the studio and the exhibition community in China, this likely played a part in this welcome shift in playability for Marvel films in the country.

  2. Lanny Poffo:

    When you look at somebody like James Cameron, the greatest director of them all. And he’s got the two greatest box office attractions, 'Titanic' and 'Avatar' and they are both love a love song to tobacco.

  3. Tim Tompkins:

    Were adding a whole virtual kind of gamified version of it as well on top of [TV]. Its always been virtual in some ways, youre going to be able to create a virtual world of Times Square, create your own avatar, and then you place yourself within a virtual Time Square to experience New Years Eve as if you were there and in real time.

  4. John Howard:

    Her story was one that captured the realities of what the Eighth Amendment meant in a material, tangible way, it took the life of a woman. Her memory is a bit of an avatar for change — and for the direction that we'd like Ireland to take. Her story encapsulates what we'd like to never see again and hope that whatever changes can be made in her honor.

  5. Vanna Bonta:

    My body is an avatar.

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