Definition of pretender in US English:

pretender

noun

  • A person who claims or aspires to a title or position.

    ‘the pretender to the throne’
    • ‘Proves that a serious pretender to the throne of pop music refinement need not settle for a mere band when the London Philharmonic will do just as well.’
    • ‘Today there are two pretenders to the title of headmaster, each self-appointed.’
    • ‘But while they and the other title pretenders have stuttered and stalled, the Reds have come storming back to take 18 points from 18, the best run by any Premiership side this season.’
    • ‘The head of the family and pretender to the throne, Otto von Habsburg, was also promised Muerzsteg Castle, which is today the summer seat of the Austrian head of state.’
    • ‘MGM has quietly put out a Special Edition of It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World on DVD in the shadow of the recent theatrical pretender to the throne, Rat Race.’
    • ‘He isn't thinking of returning full-time to a career in interviewing and he wasn't keen to offer advice to the latest pretender to his throne.’
    • ‘With a week remaining in the schedule, all but four of the league's teams were within two games of first place - and not one of them was a pretender to the throne.’
    • ‘Charles's three sisters had married into the royal families of Bavaria, Austria, and France, and each had a son who was a pretender to the Spanish throne.’
    • ‘Some have been too fat, too bulky, too clunky, or too inaccurate to be a successful pretender to the throne.’
    • ‘The pretender to the throne left the country before the police could question him about the incident.’
    • ‘Sure, three sexy women are in it, but the only way I'll see this pretender to feminism is for free.’
    • ‘Sometimes the country has to take precedence over a do-nothing imposter and pretender to the throne.’
    • ‘The movie is convicted of being an unworthy pretender to the throne.’
    • ‘The European Union has a lot of pretenders and contenders for that position, but they don't have it yet, as evidenced by the debates they had over the constitution last week.’
    • ‘It was Don King's first major promotion and set the then 32 year old Ali, against the younger pretender to his throne, George Foreman, seven years younger at 25.’
    • ‘With this he would regain his freedom from enslavement to the wicked Asurimus, to that pretender to godhood.’
    • ‘Also if you click the swap link above you'll see I beat some pretender to the inflatable throne by a minute.’
    • ‘The pretender to the crown is back in the picture.’
    • ‘Plus, I am not even Chinese, so I am not a China girl per se, just a pretender to the throne.’
    • ‘She becomes a pretender to the place of the hero.’
    claimant, aspirant, claimer
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Pronunciation

pretender

/prəˈtendər//prəˈtɛndər/