actress

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French actriz, actrice, from Latin āctrīx, feminine agent noun of agō (act). Equivalent to actor +‎ -ess. Doublet of actrix.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈak.tɹəs/, /ˈak.tɹɪs/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæk.tɹəs/

NounEdit

actress (plural actresses, masculine actor)

  1. A female who performs on the stage or in films. [from 17th c.]
    • 2011, "Not going quietly", The Economist, 27 Jan 2011:
      Court documents appear to show that Ian Edmondson, a senior News of the World journalist, had authorised Mr Mulcaire to hack phones belonging to Sienna Miller, an actress.
  2. (now rare) A female doer or "actor" (in a general sense). [from 16th c.]
    • 1796, Matthew Lewis, The Monk, Folio Society 1985, p. 290:
      My mental anguish, and the dreadful scenes in which I had been an actress, advanced the period of my labour.

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Usage notesEdit

  • Actor may also be used to refer to a female player.

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • actress at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • actress in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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NounEdit

actress (plural actresses)

  1. actress

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