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actor

[ak-ter]
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noun
  1. a person who acts in stage plays, motion pictures, television broadcasts, etc.
  2. a person who does something; participant.
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Origin of actor

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin āctor, equivalent to āg- (see act) + -tor -tor
Related formsnon·ac·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-actor

actor

noun
  1. a person who acts in a play, film, broadcast, etc
  2. informal a person who puts on a false manner in order to deceive others (often in the phrase bad actor)
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usage

The term actor is almost universally used nowadays to refer to people of either gender who act
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Word Origin and History for non-actor

actor

n.

late 14c., "an overseer, guardian, steward," from Latin actor "an agent or doer," also "theatrical player," from past participle stem of agere (see act (n.)). Mid-15c. as "a doer, maker," also "a plaintiff." Sense of "one who performs in plays" is 1580s, originally applied to both men and women.

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