im·​pres·​sion·​ist | \ im-ˈpre-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce impressionist (audio) \

Definition of impressionist

1 often capitalized : someone (such as a painter) who practices or adheres to the theories of impressionism
2 : an entertainer who does impressions

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Examples of impressionist in a Sentence

a celebrated impressionist who can do enough rapid-fire imitations to populate an entire stage with characters
Recent Examples on the Web McKinnon was also a deft—and fluid—political impressionist, delivering takes on women and men alike. Amanda Wicks, The Atlantic, 22 May 2022 Melissa Villaseñor [April 29, Dynasty Typewriter 6 p.m.] is a genius impressionist — there are so many people on this lineup that are admirable. Ali Lerman, Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2022 The painting is a streetscape, now worth millions, by French impressionist Camille Pissarro. Jessica Gresko, ajc, 18 Jan. 2022 Family ties led to the rediscovery of two oil paintings by Irish impressionist Paul Henry and a work on paper by Cubist Pablo Picasso. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Dec. 2021 Is there any better honor for a celebrity impressionist than to have the celebrity in question bless your work? Christian Holub,, 17 Dec. 2021 Correspondent Tracy Smith sits down with the comedian and impressionist, now performing in Las Vegas, to talk about the presidents, movie stars and TV icons, like Johnny Carson, who have all been given the Rich Little treatment. CBS News, 27 May 2021 Master impressionist James Adomian reprised his version of the MyPillow Guy as the real article presumably watched from backstage. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 28 Apr. 2021 Late Night, withmaster impressionist Melissa Villaseñor unveiling the fact that former cast member Kristen Wiig lives in her esophagus now. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 22 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of impressionist

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Impressionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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