Definition of Thespian

1. Noun. A theatrical performer.

Exact synonyms: Actor, Histrion, Player, Role Player
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

2. Adjective. Of or relating to drama. "The movie director had thespian cooperation"
Partainyms: Drama

Definition of Thespian

1. a. Of or pertaining to Thespis; hence, relating to the drama; dramatic; as, the Thespian art.

Definition of Thespian

1. Noun. A person from the ancient Greek city of Thespiae ¹

2. Adjective. of, or relating to drama and acting; dramatic, theatrical ¹

3. Noun. an actor or player ¹

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Definition of Thespian

1. an actor or actress [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Thespian

these days
these ones
thespian (current term)
theta antigen
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theta rhythm
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Literary usage of Thespian

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

1. The Tragic Drama of the Greeks by Arthur Elam Haigh (1896)
"Character of the thespian Drama. Such then was the general scope of the changes introduced by Thespis. It is unfortunate that none of his compositions have ..."

2. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"Dictionary of Musicians ; Bellamy's Apology ; Gilliland's Dramatic Mirror; thespian Dictionary; Gent. Mag. for 1791.] JK BEARD, JOHN RELLY, DD (1800- 1876), ..."

3. A Catalogue of the Allen A. Brown Collection of Books Relating to the Stage by Allen Augustus Brown (1919)
"**T.76.24 thespian dictionary, The; or, dramatic biography of the eighteenth century, forming a concise history of the English stage. London. Hurst. 1802. ..."

4. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"... and running after this fashion: " Whereas it has come to our knowledge that Joseph Greenhorn is an aspirant to thespian honours, it is our good will and ..."

5. On the Stage: Studies of Theatrical History and the Actor's Art by Dutton Cook (1883)
"A thespian ACADEMY. ONE hundred and fifty years ago some attempt was made to establish a sort of thespian Academy or academical theatre, especially with the ..."

6. On the Stage: Studies of Theatrical History and the Actor's Art by Dutton Cook (1883)
"A thespian ACADEMY. ONE hundred and fifty years ago some attempt was made to establish a sort of thespian Academy or academical theatre, especially with the ..."

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