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

Examples of influencer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Republican National Convention plans to host more than 70 influencers as part of a content creator program to help the party make inroads with younger voters, who historically tend to vote for Democrats. Dylan Wells, Washington Post, 13 July 2024 Take time to watch videos from your child’s favorite influencer, Heitner suggests, to determine whether their content is trustworthy and appropriate. Allie Volpe, Vox, 12 July 2024 At the time of the killing, Courtney was a social media influencer who once boasted more than 2 million followers. David Goodhue, Miami Herald, 11 July 2024 The social media influencers tied the knot in a romantic, emotional garden ceremony at the Ethereal Gardens in Escondido, Calif., on Saturday, June 22. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 11 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for influencer 

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Word History

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of influencer was in 1662

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“Influencer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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: one who exerts influence : a person who inspires or guides the actions of others
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