• Actress


    • UK IPA: /ˈaktɹəs/, /ˈaktɹɪs/
    • US IPA: /ˈæktɹəs/

    Alternative forms


    From actor + -ess.

    Full definition of actress



    (plural actresses)
    1. (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.
    2. A female actor 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.

    Usage notes

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

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