Definition of actor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæktə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæktər//
Film people, TV people, People in theatre
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a person who performs on the stage, on television or in films/movies, especially as a profession She is one of the country’s leading actors. Wordfinderactor, cameraman, cinema, dialogue, director, dub, film, location, scenario, sound effect Wordfinderactor, audition, body double, cameo, cast, play, role, star, stuntman, understudy More Like This Masculine, feminine and ungendered form anchorman/​anchorwoman, assemblyman/​assemblywoman, businessman/​businesswoman/​businessperson, actor/​actress, cameraman/​camerawoman, chairman/​chairwoman/​chair, congressman/​congresswoman, nobleman/​noblewoman, patrolman/​patrolwoman, policeman/​policewoman/​police officer, salesman/​saleswoman/​salesperson, spokesman/​spokeswoman/​spokesperson, sportsman/​sportswoman/​sportsperson, stuntman/​stuntwoman, waiter/​waitress/​waitperson, weatherman/​weathergirlSee worksheet. See related entries: Film people, TV people, People in theatre Word Originlate Middle English (originally denoting an agent or administrator): from Latin, ‘doer, actor’, from agere ‘do, act’. The theatre sense dates from the 16th cent.
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