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A person who wishes to recreate a specific time period in history, often with the intent of educating the general public. Some may have family members who took part in a historical event, and choose to re-enact in order to gain a greater understanding of their family member's experiences.

In the U.S., Civil War re-enacting and World War II re-enacting are considered the most popular, though other forms of re-enacting such as the Renaissance, the American Revolution, and even Vietnam War re-enacting are also in existence.

Re-enactors specialize in a form of history education known as "living history," which seeks to bring historical events mentioned in books "to life" so that those wishing to learn can get an up-close-and-personal experience.

Historically accurate clothing and accessories are a requirement to be a re-enactor, and many usually conduct their own extensive research to ensure that their historical alter egos are displayed properly.

Re-enactors are often criticized as "nerds" or "geeks" because they "dress up and run around in funny clothes and think they're cool." Also, some re-enactors are criticized because they tend to recreate military units noted as "legendary" (such as the 20th Maine in Civil War re-enacting or the 101st Airborne in WWII re-enacting) while ignoring more "average" soldiers. More simply, some people just cannot understand why re-enactors do what they do.

Still, it is worth noting that without re-enactors, the cast of historical films such as "Gettysburg" would be extremely sparse. You can't make a war movie without soldiers after all.
"My grandfather was in World War II, so I re-enact to get a better understanding of what he went through."

"Look at those re-enactors! Haha! What nerds!"

"If you didn't have re-enactors, the Pickett's Charge scene in 'Gettysburg' would have a cast of five people."
by DougalC April 23, 2007
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The C-class actors they get to reenact dramatic scenes in made-for-tv specials.
The actors seen in "Blood in the Water," a reenactment of the real-life Jaws were definitely reenactors.
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A really stupid living history person who thinks they fought the Civil War.
Hey, did you see that reenactor? What a douche bag, he weighs 500 pounds, is 60 years old, and thinks he's an 18 year old Confederate. Plus he can't follow the black powder regulations to save his life.
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