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


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.


(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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for impressionistic


/ (ɪmˈprɛʃənɪst) /


(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


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

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