What does avtar mean - origin of the word?

@dbhattji (2507)
India
June 19, 2007 3:45am CST
I see many people have posted an avtar, photo? What does Avtar mean? What is the origin of the word because for us Indians Avtar in Hindi means incarnation of GOD - like Shree Krishna, Shree Ram. So is this word derived from Hindi language or what?
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