A ghost is the spirit of a person who's died. In most stories and myths, ghosts are pale, translucent, and wispy.

Throughout history, the idea that a person's soul or spirit can remain visible after her death has been common. Some of us long to see the ghost of a loved relative, while others are terrified of the very idea. From this main idea, the word ghost has also come to mean the hint or shade of something: "The ghost of a smile remained on her lips." The Old English root is gast, "spirit," and also "breath."

Definitions of ghost
  1. noun
    the visible disembodied soul of a dead person
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    a ghost that announces its presence with rapping and the creation of disorder
    someone who has returned from the dead
    type of:
    psyche, soul
    the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life
  2. noun
    a mental representation of some haunting experience
    “he looked like he had seen a ghost
    synonyms: shade, specter, spectre, spook, wraith
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    type of:
    apparition, fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow
    something existing in perception only
  3. noun
    a suggestion of some quality
    “he detected a ghost of a smile on her face”
    synonyms: touch, trace
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    a suggestion of some quality
    type of:
    proffer, proposition, suggestion
    a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection
  4. verb
    move like a ghost
    “The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard”
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  5. verb
    haunt like a ghost; pursue
    synonyms: haunt, obsess
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    type of:
    engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or occupy urgently or obsessively
  6. noun
    a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else
    synonyms: ghostwriter
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    type of:
    author, writer
    a person who writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
  7. verb
    write for someone else
    synonyms: ghostwrite
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    type of:
    be the author of
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