pretender

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noun pre·tend·er \pri-ˈten-dər\

Definition of pretender

  1. :  one that pretends: such asa :  one who lays claim to something; specifically :  a claimant to a throne who is held to have no just titleb :  one who makes a false or hypocritical show

Examples of pretender in a Sentence

  1. it turns out that the guy who claimed to work for a modeling agency was just a pretender

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First Known Use of pretender

1583


PRETENDER Defined for English Language Learners

pretender

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noun pre·tend·er \pri-ˈten-dər\

Definition of pretender for English Language Learners

  • : someone who claims to have the right to a particular title or position (such as king or queen) when others do not agree



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