Definition of Actress

1. Noun. A female actor.

Generic synonyms: Actor, Histrion, Player, Role Player, Thespian
Specialized synonyms: Leading Lady, Starlet, Tragedienne
Specialized synonyms: Ball, Lucille Ball, Bankhead, Tallulah Bankhead, Barrymore, Georgiana Barrymore, Georgiana Emma Barrymore, Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, Bergman, Ingrid Bergman, Bernhardt, Henriette Rosine Bernard, Sarah Bernhardt, Black, Shirley Temple, Shirley Temple Black, Cornell, Katherine Cornell, Crawford, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Davis, Dietrich, Maria Magdalene Von Losch, Marlene Dietrich, Duse, Eleonora Duse, Fonda, Jane Fonda, Fontanne, Lynn Fontanne, Garbo, Greta Garbo, Greta Louisa Gustafsson, Garland, Judy Garland, Gish, Lillian Gish, Harlean Carpenter, Harlow, Jean Harlow, Hayes, Helen Hayes, Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton Hepburn, Horne, Lena Calhoun Horne, Lena Horne, Glenda Jackson, Jackson, Grace Kelly, Grace Patricia Kelly, Kelly, Princess Grace Of Monaco, Emilie Charlotte Le Breton, Jersey Lillie, Langtry, Lillie Langtry, Gertrude Lawrence, Lawrence, Eva Le Gallienne, Le Gallienne, Leigh, Vivien Leigh, Beatrice Lillie, Lady Peel, Lillie, Loren, Sofia Scicolone, Sophia Loren, Martin, Mary Martin, Anna Amalia Mercouri, Melina Mercouri, Mercouri, Marilyn Monroe, Monroe, Norma Jean Baker, Alla Nazimova, Nazimova, Gladys Smith, Mary Pickford, Pickford, Ginger Rogers, Rogers, Virginia Katherine Mcmath, Virginia Mcmath, Moira Shearer, Shearer, Sarah Kemble Siddons, Sarah Siddons, Siddons, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Skinner, Meryl Streep, Streep, Barbra Joan Streisand, Barbra Streisand, Streisand, Gloria May Josephine Svensson, Gloria Swanson, Swanson, Jessica Tandy, Tandy, Elizabeth Taylor, Taylor, Dame Alice Ellen Terry, Dame Ellen Terry, Terry, Dame Sybil Thorndike, Thorndike, Ethel Waters, Waters, Mae West, West, Natalie Wood, Wood, Loretta Young, Young

Definition of Actress

1. n. A female actor or doer.

Definition of Actress

1. Noun. (rare) A female doer or "actor" (in a general sense). (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

2. Noun. A female actor on the stage or in films. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

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Definition of Actress

1. a female actor [n -ES] : ACTRESSY [adj] - See also: actor

Lexicographical Neighbors of Actress

actor's agent
actor's line
actress (current term)
acts of independent significance
acts out
acts up
actual bodily harm
actual cautery
actual damages
actual eviction
actual malice
actual occasions
actual parameter
actual possession

Literary usage of Actress

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

1. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"GCB FITZWILLIAM, FANNY ELIZABETH (1801-1854), actress, daughter of Robert Copeland, manager of the Dover theatrical circuit, was born in 1801 at the ..."

2. A Dictionary of the Drama: A Guide to the Plays, Play-wrights, Players, and by William Davenport Adams (1904)
"Maria, a country actress, is in love with Frederick, son of a manager who refuses to engage her until (like Multiple} she gives him proof of her ability by ..."

3. Bulletin of Bibliography and Dramatic Index by Frederick Winthrop Faxon, Mary Estella Bates, Anne C. Sutherland (1917)
"Guenther, Virginia, actress. Guilty man, The, drama by Ruth H. Davis and C: ... Hall, Laura Nelson (Laura Barnhurst) (Mrs. F: Truesdell) actress, 1876-. ..."

4. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1847)
"THE AMERICAN AND ENGLISH actress. ... Keans in the same line of plays; but I had learned to distrust YOB ask me for my opinion of the new American actress. ..."

5. The Letter-bag of the Great Western, Or, Life in a Steamer by Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1840)
"I. THE JOURNAL OF AN actress. DEAR LAURA — Instead of writing you a letter, ... How I loathe that word actress ! it is heartless, made up, artificial, ..."

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