impressionist

[ im-presh-uh-nist ]
/ ɪmˈprɛʃ ə nɪst /

noun

a person who follows or adheres to the theories, methods, and practices of impressionism, especially in the fields of painting, music, or literature.
an entertainer who does impressions.

adjective

(usually initial capital letter) Fine Arts. of, relating to, or characteristic of Impressionism: Impressionist paintings; Impressionist artists.

Nearby words

  1. impressed,
  2. impressible,
  3. impression,
  4. impressionable,
  5. impressionism,
  6. impressionistic,
  7. impressive,
  8. impressive aphasia,
  9. impressively,
  10. impressment

Origin of impressionist

From the French word impressionniste, dating back to 1875–80. See impression, -ist

Related formsim·pres·sion·is·tic, adjectiveim·pres·sion·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·im·pres·sion·is·tic, adjectivesem·i-im·pres·sion·is·tic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for impressionist

impressionist

/ (ɪmˈprɛʃənɪst) /

noun

(usually capital) any of the French painters of the late 19th century who were exponents of impressionism
(sometimes capital) any artist, composer, or writer who uses impressionism
an entertainer who impersonates famous people

adjective

(often capital) denoting, of, or relating to impressionism or the exponents of this style
Derived Formsimpressionistic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for impressionist

impressionist

as a style of painting aiming to represent overall impressions rather than exact details, first attested in English 1876 (adjective and noun), coined in French 1874 by French critic Louis Leroy ("école impressionniste") in a disparaging reference to Monet's sunset painting "Impression, Soleil Levant." Later extended to other arts.

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