influencer

noun
in·​flu·​enc·​er | \ ˈin-ˌflü-ən(t)-sər How to pronounce influencer (audio) , especially Southern in-ˈflü- \
plural influencers

Definition of influencer

: one who exerts influence : a person who inspires or guides the actions of others The old theme of laziness and mellowness runs counter to today's influencers, who are businesspeople and upscale inspirational promoters of a go-getter way of life.— John C. Dvorak often, specifically : a person who is able to generate interest in something (such as a consumer product) by posting about it on social media While Linh and other elite influencers are usually personally invited by hotel brands, an onslaught of lesser-known wannabes has left hotels scrambling to deal with a deluge of requests for all-expense-paid vacations in exchange for some social media posts. — Taylor Lorenz The woman who's been called the "future of fashion" has advice for aspiring Instagram influencers: Stop with the staged photos posing with croissants or balloons against a beautiful backdrop. — Alix Langone

First Known Use of influencer

1662, in the meaning defined above

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“Influencer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/influencer?src=search-dict-hed. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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