[ thes-pee-uhn ]
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  1. (often lowercase) pertaining to tragedy or to the dramatic art in general.

  2. of or characteristic of Thespis.

  1. of or relating to Thespiae.

  1. (sometimes lowercase) a tragedian; an actor or actress.

Origin of Thespian

First recorded in 1665–75; Thespi(s) + -an

Words Nearby Thespian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Thespian in a sentence

  • "One is taken altogether too literally," he complained to his friends in the smoking-room of the Thespian Club.

    Lady Lilith | Stephen McKenna
  • It was quite exciting being ushered into a private office in the Thespian National Bank.

    Find the Woman | Arthur Somers Roche
  • That she had lost a matter of six hundred and fifty dollars, deposited in the Thespian Bank, was nothing.

    Find the Woman | Arthur Somers Roche
  • In 1812 a third dramatic society called the Thespian Society was organized among the young men and young women of Pittsburg.

  • The smile he gave me in reply would have made the fortune of a Thespian Mephistopheles.

    The Leavenworth Case | Anna Katherine Green

British Dictionary definitions for Thespian


/ (ˈθɛspɪən) /

  1. of or relating to Thespis

  2. (usually not capital) of or relating to drama and the theatre; dramatic

noun(usually not capital)
  1. often facetious an actor or actress

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