- a woman who acts in stage plays, motion pictures, television broadcasts, etc., especially professionally.
Origin of actress
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Examples from the Web for actress
Once upon a time, a girl named Onika Maraj dreamed of being an actress.Nicki Minaj: High School Actress
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
December 30, 2014
In another year, stories about the strange new face of an A-list actress might draw chortles and cackles.Renée Zellweger Got a New Face—and Everyone Had An Opinion About It
December 29, 2014
The Oscar-winning actress put nude photo thieves in their place with one perfect statement.Jennifer Lawrence’s Righteous Fury Says Everything We Wanted to Say
December 29, 2014
Then there was an event, an HRC event, and I took a picture with Monique, the actress and comedian.
And who better to do that with than the actress who is playing the object of said (alleged) lesbian affection in the flick?Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline
December 16, 2014
He did not like me because I was thin, but he was interested in me because I was going to be an actress.
However that may be, it is certain that the actor is jealous of the actress.
No one was ever less an actress than I am, and you know that.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
One had been blackmailed by an actress after an affair and railroaded her off the Earth.The Adventurer
Cyril M. Kornbluth
And they clapped their hands as the actress went to her seat.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
- a woman who acts in a play, film, broadcast, etc
- informal a woman who puts on a false manner in order to deceive others
Use of the word actress to refer to a female who acts is old-fashioned. The modern gender-neutral form is actor
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Word Origin and History for actress
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