An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the
behavioror actions of another. There are many reasons for someone to be an impersonator, some common ones being as follows:
* Legally: An
entertainerimpersonates a celebrity, generally for entertainment, and makes fun of their recent scandals or known behaviour patterns. Entertainers who impersonate multiple celebrities as part of their act are typically called impressionists.
* Illegally: As part of a criminal act such as
identity theft. This is usually where the criminal is trying to assume the identity of another, in order to commit fraud, such as accessing confidential information, or to gain property not belonging to them. Also known as social engineering.
Political decoy, used as a form of protection for political and military figures. This involves an impersonator who is employed (or forced) to perform during public appearances, to mislead observers.
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Impersonator — Im*per son*a tor, n. One who impersonates; an actor; a mimic. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
impersonator — (n.) one who assumes the person or character of another, 1853, from IMPERSONATE (Cf. impersonate) with Latinate agent noun suffix … Etymology dictionary
impersonator — *actor, player, mummer, mime, mimic, performer, thespian, trouper … New Dictionary of Synonyms
impersonator — UK [ɪmˈpɜː(r)s(ə)nˌeɪtə(r)] / US [ɪmˈpɜrs(ə)nˌeɪtər] noun [countable] Word forms impersonator : singular impersonator plural impersonators someone who impersonates someone else in order to make people laugh, especially as a job … English dictionary
impersonator — /im perr seuh nay teuhr/, n. 1. a person who pretends to be another. 2. an actor who impersonates specific persons or types of persons as a form of entertainment. 3. See female impersonator. [1850 55; IMPERSONATE + OR2] * * * … Universalium
impersonator — Synonyms and related words: ape, artist, artiste, belly dancer, blagueur, bluff, bluffer, burlesque queen, charlatan, chorine, chorus boy, chorus girl, conformist, conjurer, copier, copycat, copyist, coryphee, counterfeiter, cuckoo, dancer,… … Moby Thesaurus
impersonator — im|per|son|a|tor [ımˈpə:səneıtə US ˈpə:rsəneıtər] n someone who copies the way that other people look, speak, and behave, as part of a performance ▪ a female impersonator … Dictionary of contemporary English
impersonator — [[t]ɪmpɜ͟ː(r)səneɪtə(r)[/t]] impersonators N COUNT An impersonator is a stage performer who impersonates famous people. Syn: impressionist … English dictionary
impersonator — impersonate ► VERB ▪ pretend to be (another person) for entertainment or fraud. DERIVATIVES impersonation noun impersonator noun. ORIGIN from IN (Cf. ↑in ) + Latin persona person … English terms dictionary
impersonator — noun see impersonate … New Collegiate Dictionary