Definition of impersonation in English:



  • An act of pretending to be another person for the purpose of entertainment or fraud:

    ‘he did an impersonation of Fred Astaire’
    [mass noun] ‘he was tried on charges of impersonation and forgery’
    • ‘Each of these contained violence so stylised and impressive that impersonations of their impact have never ceased, and still Scorsese was assured and individual enough to make a film very much his own.’
    • ‘This isn't simply an imitation or impersonation of Brando, but it's eerily close.’
    • ‘The multi-talented multi-ethnic group of seven men sings, dances, plays instruments and does impressions and impersonations.’
    • ‘I still don't get impressions or impersonations.’
    • ‘But all I did was make my impersonation of Bruno more caricatured - put the onus on her to work this out.’
    impression, imitation
    parody, caricature, mockery, burlesque, travesty, lampoon, pastiche
    take-off, send-up, spoof
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