impostor

or im·post·er

[ im-pos-ter ]
/ ɪmˈpɒs tər /

noun

a person who practices deception under an assumed character, identity, or name.

Origin of impostor

1580–90; < Late Latin, equivalent to Latin impos(i)-, variant stem of impōnere to deceive, place on (see impone) + -tor -tor

Definition for imposter (2 of 2)

impost

1
[ im-pohst ]
/ ˈɪm poʊst /

noun

a tax; tribute; duty.
a customs duty.
Horse Racing. the weight assigned to a horse in a race.

verb (used with object)

to determine customs duties on, according to the kind of imports.

Origin of impost

1
1560–70; < Medieval Latin impostus a tax, noun use of Latin impostus, variant of impositus imposed; see imposition
Related formsim·post·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for imposter (1 of 3)

impost

1
/ (ˈɪmpəʊst) /

noun

a tax, esp a customs duty
horse racing the specific weight that a particular horse must carry in a handicap race

verb

(tr) US to classify (imported goods) according to the duty payable on them
Derived Formsimposter, noun

Word Origin for impost

C16: from Medieval Latin impostus tax, from Latin impositus imposed; see impose

British Dictionary definitions for imposter (2 of 3)

impost

2
/ (ˈɪmpəʊst) /

noun

architect a member at the top of a wall, pier, or column that supports an arch, esp one that has a projecting moulding

Word Origin for impost

C17: from French imposte, from Latin impositus placed upon; see impose

British Dictionary definitions for imposter (3 of 3)

impostor

imposter

/ (ɪmˈpɒstə) /

noun

a person who deceives others, esp by assuming a false identity; charlatan

Word Origin for impostor

C16: from Late Latin: deceiver; see impose
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