What does avatar mean?

Definitions for avatar
ˈæv əˌtɑr, ˌæv əˈtɑravatar

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word avatar.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. embodiment, incarnation, avatar(noun)

    a new personification of a familiar idea

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

  2. avatar(noun)

    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. Avatar(n.)

    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.

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


  1. avatar(Noun)

    In Hinduism the incarnation of a deity, particularly Vishnu.

  2. avatar(Noun)

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

  3. avatar(Noun)

    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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Avatar(noun)

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

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

  2. Avatar(noun)

    incarnation; manifestation as an object of worship or admiration

    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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How to pronounce avatar?

  1. Alex
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How to say avatar in sign language?

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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. Vanna Bonta:

    My body is an avatar.

  2. 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.

  3. Matt Damon:

    Having to say no to 'Avatar' was tough because I particularly wanted to work with James Cameron, and still do, because he’s fantastic, he knew he was the star of that movie and that everyone was going to go see it anyway. When he said, ‘Look, I’m offering it to you, but if you say no, the movie doesn’t need you,' I remember thinking, ‘Oh God, not only do I have to say no because of scheduling, but he’s going to make a star out of some guy who’s going to start taking jobs from me later.'.

  4. James Cameron:

    Everybodys always whining about how long its taking Avatar to get done.

  5. Thomas Husson:

    But potential implications, such as if such an avatar was embodied into a humanoid robot or could have a true conversation with you, will generate more discussions about AI ethics and regulation.

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