re·​en·​act·​or | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈnak-tər How to pronounce reenactor (audio) \

Definition of reenactor

: a person who participates in reenactments of historical events

Examples of reenactor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trump went as its tragicomic reenactor, treating his audience to a performance that rhymed with many of the country’s darkest moments. Brett Rosenberg, The New Republic, "The Small, Midwestern Town Taken Over by Fake Communists," 22 Oct. 2020 The 64-year-old retired mechanic and Civil War reenactor bemoaned the divisiveness of the country. Daniela Altimari,, "Echoing President Trump’s law and order message, Republican nominee warns of ‘mob rule’ in the suburbs of Connecticut’s 5th District," 17 Sep. 2020 But the reenactment will end with the reenactors gathering in New Orleans' Congo Square where slaves used to gather on Sundays. NBC News, "Heritage of resistance: Reenactment to honor slave rebellion," 6 Nov. 2019 Waving machetes and pistols, the reenactors stormed the house and encircled the man playing Andry — John McCusker. Washington Post, "Remembering heroes: Reenactors recreate slave uprising," 9 Nov. 2019 Its beaches teem with WWII reenactors from across Europe, many of whom fly American flags on their period jeeps and motorcycles. NBC News, "As the world marks D-Day 75 years on, post-war alliance is in doubt," 4 June 2019 After the ceremony the reenactors boarded sailing vessels and took the 30’x 42’ replica flag to Fort McHenry. Mary Ann Ashcraft,, "Carroll Yesteryears: Remembering the War of 1812 ‘Old Defenders,' many of whom hailed from Carroll County," 20 Sep. 2019 The public is invited to send loose tea that will be thrown by reenactors during the anniversary event., "Colonial re-enactors and local officials gathered at Cohasset Central Cemetery Monday morning to place commemorative markers at the graves of two Revolutionary War patriots who participated in the Boston Tea Party.," 5 Nov. 2019 But stories of guests’ discomfort are familiar to many on the front lines at historical sites steeped in slavery: the tour guides, reenactors and other staff with an up-close view of how Americans think and talk about a shameful past. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "Plantations honestly addressing slavery see visitor pushback," 13 Sep. 2019

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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31 Oct 2020

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“Reenactor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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