actor

[ ak-ter ]
/ ˈæk tər /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. activity,
  2. activize,
  3. acto,
  4. actomyosin,
  5. acton,
  6. actor-manager,
  7. actor-proof,
  8. actoridae,
  9. actorish,
  10. actors' equity association

Origin of actor

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

Related formsnon·ac·tor, noun

Actor

[ 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for actor

actor

/ (ˈæktə) /

noun

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)

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 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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