Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who aspires to a role or position.
  • n. One who imitates the behavior, customs, or dress of an admired person or group.
  • n. A product designed to imitate the qualities or characteristics of something.
  • adj. Wishing or aspiring to be; would-be.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who wishes to be or do something, but lacks the qualifications or talent; an overeager amateur; an aspirant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ambitious and aspiring young person

Etymologies

Alteration of want to be.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Written form of a reduction of "want to be" (Wiktionary)

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