actress

[ ak-tris ]
/ ˈæk trɪs /

noun

a woman who acts in stage plays, motion pictures, television broadcasts, etc., especially professionally.

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Origin of actress

First recorded in 1580–90; act(o)r + -ess

usage note for actress

See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for actress

actress
/ (ˈæktrɪs) /

noun

a woman who acts in a play, film, broadcast, etc
informal a woman who puts on a false manner in order to deceive others

usage for actress

Use of the word actress to refer to a female who acts is old-fashioned. The modern gender-neutral form is actor
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