noun Date: 1668 a woman who is an actor • actressy adjective

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  • Actress — Ac tress, n. [Cf. F. actrice.] 1. A female actor or doer. [Obs.] Cockeram. [1913 Webster] 2. A female stageplayer; a woman who acts a part. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • actress — (n.) 1580s, female who does something; see ACTOR (Cf. actor) + ESS (Cf. ess); stage sense is from 1700. Sometimes French actrice was used …   Etymology dictionary

  • actress — [n] woman actor diva, ingenue, leading lady, prima donna, starlet; concept 352 …   New thesaurus

  • actress — ► NOUN ▪ a female actor. DERIVATIVES actressy adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • actress — [ak′tris] n. [see ESS] a woman or girl who acts in plays, movies, etc …   English World dictionary

  • actress — n. 1) to cast an actress 2) a character actress * * * [ æktrɪs] a character actress to cast an actress …   Combinatory dictionary

  • actress — I actor, actress (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. performer, player; tragedian, comedian, Thespian; playactor; doer, worker. See agent, drama. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. actor, female performer, member of the cast, ing?nue, comedienne,… …   English dictionary for students

  • actress — noun /ˈaktɹəs,ˈaktɹɪs/ a) A female doer or actor (in a general sense). My mental anguish, and the dreadful scenes in which I had been an actress, advanced the period of my labour. b) A female actor on the stage or in films. Court documents appear …   Wiktionary

  • actress — [[t]æ̱ktrəs[/t]] ♦♦♦ actresses N COUNT An actress is a woman whose job is acting in plays or films. She s not only a very great dramatic actress but she s also very funny …   English dictionary

  • actress */ — UK [ˈæktrəs] / US noun [countable] Word forms actress : singular actress plural actresses a woman who performs in plays and films, especially as her job. Many women performers prefer to be called actors rather than actresses …   English dictionary

  • actress — See actor, actress …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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