- The definition of an imitation is something that is made to look like something else.
An example of imitation is imitation crab in a crab louie salad.
- Imitation is defined as the act of copying, or a fake or copy of something.
- An example of imitation is creating a room to look just like a room pictured in a decorator magazine.
- An example of imitation is fish pieces sold as crab.
A woman wearing imitation eyelashes.
- the act of imitating
- the result or product of imitating; artificial likeness; copy
- a counterfeit
- Biol. mimicry (sense )
- Music the repetition in close succession of a theme or theme fragment in a different voice: used often as a technique of counterpoint
- in Platonism, the process wherein sensible objects imperfectly embody unchanging, immaterial models or archetypes
- in Aristotelianism, artistic portrayal not as literal copying but as representation of the essential nature of something
Origin of imitationClassical Latin imitatio
made to resemble something specified, usually something superior or genuine; not real; sham; bogus: imitation leather
- The act or an instance of imitating: gave us his imitation of a famous actor.
- Something derived or copied from an original, often in an inferior way: an undrinkable imitation of real lemonade.
- Music a. Repetition of a phrase or melody often with variations in key, rhythm, and voice.b. Repetition of a theme in another voice such that each part continues polyphonously.
Made to resemble another, usually superior material: imitation fur.
From Old French imitacion, from Latin imitatio