- a person who pretends, especially for a dishonest purpose.
- an aspirant or claimant (often followed by to): a pretender to the throne.
- a person who makes unjustified or false claims, statements, etc., as about personal status, abilities, intentions, or the like: a pretender to literary genius.
Origin of pretender
Examples from the Web for pretender
And cancer, deceiver, pretender, coward; it cannot even subsist without the vibrant people it depends on.No One Ever Loses to Cancer
October 8, 2014
All was jolly and genial between the king of late night and the pretender to the throne.Stephen Colbert’s Groveling ‘Late Show’ Debut
April 23, 2014
Rush Limbaugh has called Dede Scozzafava a “pretender” and an “extreme liberal Republican” who “might as well be a Democrat.”The Last Days of the GOP
October 30, 2009
He has an air, it is true, but his air is not a breeze, like the air of a pretender to fashion.
The moment might be propitious to the pretender, however false his claim.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
And yet you see after all I am like to turn out only a pretender.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
A particular account of the "Pretender's Magazine" is extant.Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745.
The General asked him "if he had been along with the Pretender?"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745
- a person who pretends or makes false allegations
- a person who mounts a claim, as to a throne or title
Word Origin and History for pretender
1590s, "one who intends;" 1620s as "one who puts forth a claim;" agent noun from pretend (v.). Specifically of a claimant to the English throne from 1690s.