[ pri-ten-der ]
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  1. a person who pretends, especially for a dishonest purpose.

  2. an aspirant or claimant (often followed by to): a pretender to the throne.

  1. 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

First recorded in 1585–95; pretend + -er1

Words Nearby pretender Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pretender in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pretender


/ (prɪˈtɛndə) /

  1. a person who pretends or makes false allegations

  2. a person who mounts a claim, as to a throne or title

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