Definition of pretender
: 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
it turns out that the guy who claimed to work for a modeling agency was just a pretender
Recent Examples of pretender from the Web
Once again the Lakers are poised to be contenders and the pretenders are packing for Inglewood.
The Rockies continued to press down their thumbs on the Giants, beating them for the 10th time in 11 games while knocking the contenders turned pretenders 19 1/2 games behind them in the N.L. West.
A lot of the pretenders are bubblegum pop princesses.
His rude personal style ruffles the feathers of many who see him as a pretender or a huckster.
Fans are fiercely loyal and don’t take kindly to pretenders.
This scene would be scary on its own—but its power grows exponentially in the stark contrast between the laugh-inducingly childlike Dougie-Coop and this unsettling, dead-eyed pretender.
That could be enough to ward off pretenders to the throne.
An irreverent Charlie Hunnam plays the title role; Jude Law is the pretender to Arthur’s rightful throne.
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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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