The feeling that you are doing something that you've already done before. Literal translation "already seen" (from French, deja 'already', vu 'seen'). Apparently it's due to a blip in your brain process which gives you the illusion that you've been somewhere/done something before, and technically, you have - a fraction of a second ago.

However, a common misinterpretation of deja vu is a repeat of a certain event. For example, in an episode of Garfield and Friends (US Acres) Orson perpetually removes the same book (Deja vu: the feeling that you are doing something that you've done before) from a box of books over and over again. This is NOT deja vu; rather, it's an event that doesn't have a forseeable end: an infinite loop, if you will.

If you walk into a room and immediately get the feeling that you've been there before, then that is a case of deja vu.
When i stepped out the door and looked at the sky, i immediately felt like i'd forseen this. wow, deja vu. looks like its going to be a very interesting day...
by Tengu September 26, 2006
Deja vu is life lag - when you see something, but because of high ping you see it twice
Guy 1: Whoa...I have strange feeling this happened before...can't remember when
Guy 2: You just had deja vu. It's an repeated experience of something you did before
Guy 1: So,you can consider going to bathroom as deja vu?
by Anchica December 19, 2008
there are some idiotic bastard on here, deja vu occurs when the human brain uses exactly the same thought pattern twice, this often sparks the belief that u have done the momentary action before. also, when i get deja vu it makes me feel ill like nausea, its a type of epilepsy which can cause black outs.
Tom: oh oh, deja vu...

Dave: wtf?

'tom passes out'
by tom hubbard November 16, 2005
When an experience happens, you might feel like you've gone through that experience in the past even though you haven't.
I'm a having a déjà vu, man. I could've sworn I saw this bowling alley before!
by jbs1222 August 11, 2015
Been There, Done That
Deja vu is the feeling of repetition, or familiarity, when in actuality, it is your first time experiencing it.
by ImaHunk April 04, 2015
Deja Vu is what happens when your life resets to the last checkpoint in the video game that is your life.
Sammi: Dammit! I must have died!
Trick: Huh?
Sammi: I had a moment of deja vu, you know, when life resets at the last save spot.
Trick: -mind blown-
by Apocalypstic January 09, 2014
the experience of thinking that a new situation had occurred before
As soon as I entered the apartment, I was sure I'd been there before. The feeling of deja vu was overwhelming.
by eminemfan101 September 05, 2013
the feeling when something has happened before when infact is is a brand new experiance to the person.

scientists think its when one side of your brain is working a few seconds or even milli seconds faster than the other side.
guy: wow i think this has happened before.

girl: no it hasnt its one side of your brain working faster than the other.

guy: thanks for ruining my theories of Déjà vu.
by AlExSwOrD April 16, 2010
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