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alter ego (ˈæltər ˈiːɡəʊ Pronunciation for alter ego ; ˈɛɡəʊ Pronunciation for alter ego



  1. a second self
  2. a very close and intimate friend

Word Origin

Latin: other self

Example Sentences Including 'alter ego'

It was as though, for a moment, the girl in the photograph had returned, elbowing her ungainly alter ego out of the way.
Brandon, Ruth Left, Right and Centre
Mr Winterson's alter ego is not for publication to your Holtchester colleagues.
Moore, Margaret Forests of the Night
`We'll have the Rowlands, Lawrence Emmerson and his alter ego Dorothy, you, myself and the romantic Lucian.
Holt, Victoria The Black Opal


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