1. a person who follows or adheres to the theories, methods, and practices of impressionism, especially in the fields of painting, music, or literature.
  2. an entertainer who does impressions.


  1. (usually initial capital letter) Fine Arts. of, relating to, or characteristic of Impressionism: Impressionist paintings; Impressionist artists.


  1. (usually capital) any of the French painters of the late 19th century who were exponents of impressionism
  2. (sometimes capital) any artist, composer, or writer who uses impressionism
  3. an entertainer who impersonates famous people


  1. (often capital) denoting, of, or relating to impressionism or the exponents of this style

1886; see impressionist + -ic.

as a style of painting aiming to represent overall impressions rather than exact details, first attested in English 1876 (adjective and noun), coined in French 1874 by French critic Louis Leroy (“├ęcole impressionniste”) in a disparaging reference to Monet’s sunset painting “Impression, Soleil Levant.” Later extended to other arts.

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