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impersonator

[im-pur-suh-ney-ter] /ɪmˈpɜr səˌneɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person who pretends to be another.
2.
an actor who impersonates specific persons or types of persons as a form of entertainment.
Origin of impersonator
1850-1855
First recorded in 1850-55; impersonate + -or2
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Examples from the Web for impersonator
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  • And he stopped for a moment, frowned at the sight of the impersonator.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • The architect, the impersonator: the two scandals of her life.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • There was work cut out for the impersonator of Policeman O'Roon.

    The Trimmed Lamp

    O. Henry
  • What I feel sure of is this: my impersonator has gone never to return.

    The Mynns' Mystery George Manville Fenn
  • Your Indian boy is a born mimic and impersonator, and this was his day.

    Indian Scout Talks Charles A. Eastman
Word Origin and History for impersonator
n.

"one who assumes the person or character of another," 1853, from impersonate with Latinate agent noun suffix.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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