Definition of Actor

1. Noun. A theatrical performer.

Exact synonyms: Histrion, Player, Role Player, Thespian
Specialized synonyms: Actress, Barnstormer, Play-actor, Playactor, Trouper, Character Actor, Comedian, Ham, Ham Actor, Heavy, Ingenue, Leading Man, Mime, Mimer, Mummer, Pantomimer, Pantomimist, Plant, Reenactor, Scene-stealer, Movie Actor, Screen Actor, Lead, Principal, Star, Extra, Spear Carrier, Supernumerary, Tragedian, Standby, Understudy, Upstager, Walk-on
Generic synonyms: Performer, Performing Artist
Specialized synonyms: Allen, Allen Stewart Konigsberg, Woody Allen, Astaire, Fred Astaire, Barrymore, Herbert Blythe, Maurice Barrymore, Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Barrymore, John Barrymore, Bogart, Humphrey Bogart, Humphrey Deforest Bogart, Booth, John Wilkes Booth, Burbage, Richard Burbage, Burton, Richard Burton, Cagney, James Cagney, Jimmy Cagney, Chevalier, Maurice Chevalier, Cooper, Frank Cooper, Gary Cooper, Coward, Noel Coward, Sir Noel Pierce Coward, Cronyn, Hume Blake Cronyn, Hume Cronyn, Bing Crosby, Crosby, Harry Lillis Crosby, Dean, James Byron Dean, James Dean, De Niro, Robert De Niro, Depardieu, Gerard Depardieu, Drew, John Drew, Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Douglas Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Julius Ullman, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Fairbanks, Fonda, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Gable, William Clark Gable, David Garrick, Garrick, Gibson, Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson, Mel Gibson, Arthur John Gielgud, Gielgud, Sir John Gielgud, Cary Grant, Grant, Granville-barker, Harley Granville-barker, Alec Guinness, Guinness, Sir Alec Guinness, Hanks, Thomas J. Hanks, Tom Hanks, Harrison, Reginald Carey Harrison, Rex Harrison, Sir Rex Harrison, Heming, Hemminge, John Heming, John Hemminge, Dustin Hoffman, Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Hopkins, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Anthony Philip Hopkins, Howard, Leslie Howard, Leslie Howard Stainer, Al Jolson, Asa Yoelson, Jolson, Boris Karloff, Karloff, William Henry Pratt, Edmund Kean, Kean, Buster Keaton, Joseph Francis Keaton, Keaton, Eugene Curran Kelly, Gene Kelly, Kelly, Charles Laughton, Laughton, Bruce Lee, Lee, Lee Yuen Kam, Jack Lemmon, John Uhler, Lemmon, Harold Clayton Lloyd, Harold Lloyd, Lloyd, Laszlo Lowestein, Lorre, Peter Lorre, Bela Ferenc Blasko, Bela Lugosi, Lugosi, Alfred Lunt, Lunt, E. G. Marshall, Marshall, Martin, Steve Martin, James Mason, James Neville Mason, Mason, Mitchum, Robert Mitchum, Dudley Moore, Dudley Stuart John Moore, Moore, Newman, Paul Leonard Newman, Paul Newman, Baron Olivier Of Birghton, Laurence Olivier, Olivier, Sir Laurence Kerr Olivier, O'toole, Peter O'toole, Peter Seamus O'toole, Poitier, Sidney Poitier, Charles Robert Redford, Redford, Robert Redford, Ralph Richardson, Richardson, Sir Ralph David Richardson, Edward G. Robinson, Edward Goldenberg Robinson, Robinson, George C. Scott, Scott, Peter Sellers, Sellers, Francis Albert Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Sinatra, Otis Skinner, Skinner, Konstantin Sergeevich Alekseev, Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky, Konstantin Stanislavsky, Stanislavsky, James Maitland Stewart, Jimmy Stewart, Stewart, Israel Strassberg, Lee Strasberg, Strasberg, Erich Von Stroheim, Stroheim, Spencer Tracy, Tracy, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Tree, Peter Alexander Ustinov, Sir Peter Ustinov, Ustinov, Duke Wayne, John Wayne, Wayne, George Orson Welles, Orson Welles, Welles
Derivative terms: Act, Act, Play, Play, Thespian

2. Noun. A person who acts and gets things done. "He's a miracle worker"

Definition of Actor

1. n. One who acts, or takes part in any affair; a doer.

Definition of Actor

1. Noun. a person who performs in a theatrical play or film ¹

2. Noun. one who acts; a doer ¹

3. Noun. one who takes part in a situation ¹

4. Noun. (legal) An advocate or proctor in civil courts or causes. ¹

5. Noun. (legal) One who institutes a suit; plaintiff or complainant. ¹

6. Noun. (qualifier policy debate) One who enacts a certain policy action. ¹

7. Noun. (software engineering) The entity that performs a role (in use case analysis). ¹

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Definition of Actor

1. a theatrical performer [n -S] : ACTORISH, ACTORLY [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Actor

activity coefficient
activity cycles
activity trap
activity traps
actor (current term)
actor's agent
actor's line

Literary usage of Actor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Diplomatic Relations of England with the Quadruple Alliance, 1815-1830 by Louis Calvert, Myrna M. Boyce, Paul Padgette (1918)
"I believe in many quarters the actor is sadly misunderstood. ... By many, even in this day, the actor is regarded as a troubadour or vagabond as he was in ..."

2. The Bookman (1903)
"This story concerns an actor, another actor, an author, and incidentally, an empress. Also an heir The actor apparent who has since and the become a great ..."

3. Classical Philology by University of Chicago press, JSTOR (Organization) (1907)
"This thesis is devoted mainly to a study of the changes produced in Greek tragedy by the addition of the second and third actor. Directly, the effects were ..."

4. The Attic Theatre: A Description of the Stage and Theatre of the Athenians by Arthur Elam Haigh (1889)
"The accompanying representation of a tragic actor is copied from an ivory ... In no respect is the difference between the ancient and the modern actor more ..."

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