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Meaning of déjà vu

dé•jà vu

Pronunciation: (dā"zhä v', vy' Fr. dā zha vy'), [key]
  1. the illusion of having previously experienced something actually being encountered for the first time.
  2. disagreeable familiarity or sameness: The new television season had a sense of déjà vu about it—the same old plots and characters with new names.
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