[ ak-ter ]
/ ˈæk tər /


a person who acts in stage plays, motion pictures, television broadcasts, etc.
a person who does something; participant.

Origin of actor

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin āctor, equivalent to āg- (see act) + -tor -tor

Related forms

non·ac·tor, noun

Definition for actor (2 of 2)


[ ak-ter ]
/ ˈæk tər /

noun Classical Mythology.

a brother of King Augeas, sometimes believed to be the father, by Molione, of Eurytus and Cteatus.
Compare Moliones. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for actor


/ (ˈæktə) /


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


The term actor is almost universally used nowadays to refer to people of either gender who act
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