re·​en·​act·​or ˌrē-ə-ˈnak-tər How to pronounce reenactor (audio)
: a person who participates in reenactments of historical events

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike those earlier outings on the small screen, the Apple TV+ comedy puts her at the top of the call sheet as Peggy Newman, a drug dealer turned methadone user, frontier-era reenactor and aspiring PI. Alison Herman, Variety, 17 May 2023 Don't miss the living history mountain village, where period reenactors depict mountain life in the 1800s. Details: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 28 Apr. 2023 Venture Crew 314 formed Aisquith’s Sharpshooters, reenactors, that for years has portrayed the War of 1812 rifle company and toured the country and Canada. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 23 Apr. 2023 This year, the battle had more than 220 reenactors that rehearsed for months in advance — 77 Lexington Minute Men as American colonists and more than 150 British historians as British soldiers. Sonel Cutler,, 17 Apr. 2023 The reenactor market values larger sizes. John Kelly, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2023 Historical reenactors playing former presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln paraded around in period-appropriate attire, posing with eager guests, and answering questions. Shannon Larson,, 20 Feb. 2023 The team operates on a reenactor who has created a strange predicament with his authenticity. Olivia Mccormack, Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2022 For Larry Iams, a combat veteran and historic-gunfight reenactor, the issue of firearm safety is urgent. Brandon Kapelow, Time, 13 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reenactor was in 1980

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“Reenactor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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