[ thes-pee-uh n ]
/ ˈθɛs pi ən /


(often lowercase) pertaining to tragedy or to the dramatic art in general.
of or characteristic of Thespis.
of or relating to Thespiae.


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

Origin of Thespian

First recorded in 1665–75; Thespi(s) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for thespian

/ (ˈθɛspɪən) /


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

noun (usually not capital)

often facetious an actor or actress
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