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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a celebrated impressionist who can do enough rapid-fire imitations to populate an entire stage with characters
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Actor, comedian, and master impressionist Jay Pharoah shares the unfiltered truth about the people and places that produced his life’s most emotional moments in a video with’s sister site, CN Traveler. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 23 Feb. 2021 Joe Biden impressionist was the most telling moment of his entire short tenure. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 19 Jan. 2021 Live impressionist Cecily Strong to score her second Emmy nomination playing Guilfoyle. Emma Specter, Vogue, 25 Aug. 2020 The five acts with the fewest votes – The Shape (dance group); Vincent Marcus (impressionist); singers Bonavega, Kameron Ross and Kelvin Dukes – were eliminated. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2020 This year features singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, magicians, ventriloquists and other hopefuls competing for a $1 million prize. oregonlive, 27 May 2020

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First Known Use of impressionist

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Jun 2021

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“Impressionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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