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[wuhn-ak-ter] /ˈwʌnˈæk tər/
noun, Informal.
a short play consisting of one act.
Also, one-act [wuhn-akt] /ˈwʌnˌækt/ (Show IPA).
Origin of one-acter
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Its uneasiness had nothing to do with the fate of my one-act play.

  • We performed it in the empty billiard-room, followed by a one-act piece of my own.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • Maybe you could make a one-act tragedy out of it for a curtain-raiser.

  • It begins with Grfin Julie, condensed by the dramatist into a one-act piece.


    James Huneker
  • He also put on my first play—a one-act affair, 'A Night in Havana.'

  • Where are its one-act plays which can be called dramatic literature?

  • The reason for this choice was not entirely a devotion to the art of the one-act play.

  • The one-act play in our country to-day is an ally of the amateurs and the innovators.

  • The one-act play is with us and is asking for consideration.

    Contemporary One-Act Plays Sir James M. Barrie

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