[ ak-ter ]
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  1. a person who acts in stage plays, motion pictures, television broadcasts, etc.

  2. a person who does something; participant.

Origin of actor

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

Other words from actor

  • non·ac·tor, noun

Other definitions for Actor (2 of 2)

[ ak-ter ]

nounClassical Mythology.
  1. a brother of King Augeas, sometimes believed to be the father, by Molione, of Eurytus and Cteatus. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for actor


/ (ˈæktə) /

  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)

usage For actor

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

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