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[self-seym, -seym] /ˈsɛlfˌseɪm, -ˈseɪm/
being the very same; identical.
Origin of selfsame
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English selve same; see self, same; cognate with Danish selvsamme, Old High German selbsama
Related forms
selfsameness, noun
exact, very, same. Unabridged
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  • Well, then, yon soldier was here seeking that selfsame Margaret.

  • But, I take it, there are scores of fellows who have had the selfsame experiences.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • Or perhaps, after all, they were merely two hemispheres of the selfsame world.

    A Handful of Stars Frank W. Boreham
  • It was these selfsame, dull, monotonous chambers which Walter occupied.

    The Doctor of Pimlico William Le Queux
  • I was present in the house of this selfsame chief and high priest while he was whittling out similar ones.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • Just what they sang over her, and the selfsame youths must do it.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • Once to a crowded social fêteBoth these much-titled people came, And each perceived, when introduced,They had the selfsame name.

British Dictionary definitions for selfsame


(prenominal) the very same
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Word Origin and History for selfsame

"identical," early 15c., from self + same. Written as two words until c.1600.

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