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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 This year features singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, magicians, ventriloquists and other hopefuls competing for a $1 million prize. oregonlive, "America’s Got Talent: Season 15, Episode 1 time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online (5/26/2020)," 27 May 2020 Miami Vice’ as an attorney Actor John C. Reilly turns 55 Fun fact: Is the voice of Ralph in Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ movies More celebrities with birthdays today Actor-comedian-impressionist Stanley Baxter is 94. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Today’s famous birthdays list for May 24, 2020 includes celebrities Bob Dylan, Alfred Molina," 24 May 2020 As usual, the show is expected to feature a huge array of singers, dancers, comedians, impressionists, magicians, and God knows what else this summer to vie for the $1 million prize. Lynette Rice,, "Get a load of this gal's Chinese splits from the America's Got Talent premiere," 20 May 2020 But overall the market has seen prices falling as fewer high-end works, such as those by impressionists and modern masters, come up for sale. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Why a Hermès handbag can be a better investment than art," 5 Mar. 2020 There’s a difference in my mind between a comedic impression and an impressionist. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Meet Joey Mulinaro, the master of Nick Saban and Ed Orgeron impressions," 10 Jan. 2020 The Edwards Twins Christmas Show: These twin brothers are wicked impressionists, doing everyone from Cher and Barbra to Neil Diamond and Elton John. Christopher Arnott,, "Stage your holidays with these naughty, nice, magical and funny theater shows," 19 Nov. 2019 With Melissa Villaseñor and Kate McKinnon already among the best impressionists on SNL, the show is going to have even more room to explore new characters and parodies with the addition of Fineman., "Get to know new Saturday Night Live cast member Chloe Fineman," 27 Sep. 2019 By that, Rands refers to one of the most important influencers on his music, the French impressionist Claude Debussy. Howard Reich,, "Composer Bernard Rands gets set for a CSO world premiere," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of impressionist

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jun 2020

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“Impressionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of impressionist

: a painter who practices impressionism
: an entertainer who does impressions (sense 5)

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