il·​lu·​sion·​ist | \ i-ˈlüzh-nist How to pronounce illusionist (audio) , -ˈlü-zhə- \

Definition of illusionist

: a person who produces illusory effects: such as
a : a sleight-of-hand performer or a magician
b : one (such as an artist) whose work is marked by illusionism

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Other Words from illusionist

illusionistic \ i-​ˌlü-​zhə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce illusionistic (audio) \ adjective
illusionistically \ i-​ˌlü-​zhə-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce illusionistically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of illusionist in a Sentence

tried to figure out how the illusionist made his assistant disappear from the stage
Recent Examples on the Web The famous illusionist floated over the Arizona desert by holding onto about 50 helium balloons. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Mysterious jetpack man is not the only person to take flight in unconventional ways," 18 Oct. 2020 The trail ends downtown at Houdini Plaza, a monument to the city's most famous offspring, illusionist Harry Houdini. Josh Boak, Star Tribune, "Politics creates economic illusion in Houdini's hometown," 15 Sep. 2020 The illusionist floated over the Arizona desert on Wednesday by holding onto about 50 helium balloons. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "David Blaine successfully flies over the Arizona desert holding onto helium balloons," 2 Sep. 2020 Why was he chosen to portray the famed Las Vegas illusionist onscreen? Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Dev Patel in the wild 'David Copperfield': What you need to know about the madcap Charles Dickens movie," 27 Aug. 2020 The famous magician, illusionist, and entertainer died from peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix, but multiple contradicting reports caused quite the mystery around his death. Lauren Smith Mcdonough And Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "26 Fun and Scary Halloween Facts to Trick (or Treat) Your Friends," 14 Aug. 2020 Synchronous calls aren’t this illusionist amphibian’s only tactics for evading predators. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Illusionist Frog Attracts Mates Without Unwanted Attention From Predators," 7 May 2020 But the film belongs to the drag queens themselves — or, as some prefer to identify themselves, female impersonators or femme illusionists, a distinction that emphasizes performance and elegance. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'P.S. Burn This Letter Please': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 23 Apr. 2020 The total recoveries now stand at 198,993 in the U.S. 7:00 a.m. Celebrities, fans and politicians mourn iconic entertainer, Roy Horn, the famed performer of the Las Vegas illusionist duo Siegfried & Roy. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know about May 9," 9 May 2020

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First Known Use of illusionist

1850, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2020

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“Illusionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of illusionist

: an entertainer who performs magic tricks

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