impersonator

[im-pur-suh-ney-ter]

noun

a person who pretends to be another.
an actor who impersonates specific persons or types of persons as a form of entertainment.

Origin of impersonator

First recorded in 1850–55; impersonate + -or2
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Related Words for impersonator

imitator, mime, comedian, pantomimist

Examples from the Web for impersonator

Contemporary Examples of impersonator

Historical Examples of impersonator

  • 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.

  • 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