Definition of Zelig in English:


Pronunciation /ˈzeliɡ/ /ˈzɛlɪɡ/


North American
  • A person who is able to change their appearance, behavior, or attitudes, so as to be comfortable in any situation.

    ‘a financial Zelig, he was the only man to advise all four of the major networks on deals in one year’
    • ‘He felt he had to become a Zelig character, redefine himself to accommodate this new reality.’


1980s from the name of Leonard Zelig, central character in Woody Allen's film Zelig (1983).