actor

noun
ac·​tor | \ ˈak-tər also -ˌtȯr How to pronounce actor (audio) \

Definition of actor

1 : one that acts : doer
2a : one who acts in a play, movie, television show, etc.
b : one who behaves as if acting a part
3 : one that takes part in any affair : participant political actors

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Other Words from actor

actorish \ -​tə-​rish How to pronounce actorish (audio) \ adjective
actorly \ -​tər-​lē How to pronounce actorly (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for actor

Synonyms

impersonator, mummer, player, thesp, thespian, trouper

Antonyms

nonactor

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Examples of actor in a Sentence

my sister went to drama school to become an actor Benjamin Franklin was a major actor in many of the events leading up to the founding of our nation.

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Makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan gave the actor a glassy red-orange lip that could be seen for miles, and then used rust tones on her eyes to accompany the look. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Maisie Williams Wore a Full Face of Urban Decay’s Game of Thrones Makeup Collection to the Season 8 Premiere," 4 Apr. 2019 The actor regularly commands huge salaries for his movie roles, and made $46 million in 2014 alone, per Forbes. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper's Net Worth Will Make Your Jaw Drop," 31 Mar. 2019 The actors can change their performance, cadence, and approach based on participants’ behavior, Denton explains. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Chained mixes virtual reality and live actors to tell a dark Christmas tale," 5 Dec. 2018 Hemsworth brother, and a talented actor in his own right. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Luke Hemsworth Talks All Things Australia and Family Vacations With Chris and Liam," 17 Oct. 2018 Sampson is an actor (Insecure, How to Get Away With Murder) and activist who has used his platform to take on social justice issues from light-skinned privilege to asylum seekers at the U.S. border to the rights of domestic workers. Thomas Page Mcbee, Teen Vogue, "Kendrick Sampson on Masculinity, Race, and Why Men Should Be More Vulnerable," 26 Mar. 2019 The video from wrestling news site Pro Wrestling Sheet captured the actor sitting in the bleachers. Katina Beniaris, Woman's Day, "Luke Perry's 21-Year-Old Son Is Now a Professional Wrestler," 28 Feb. 2019 While Cooper himself is not usually a terrible actor, this film plays to the lowest common denominator, hitting every chef cliché like clockwork. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "In honor of the Oscars, we asked Seattle chefs to name their picks for all-time Best Food Film," 20 Feb. 2019 Hollywood fixture, considered by some to even be the greatest film actor of all time. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Billy Zane Will Play Marlon Brando in Stranger than Fiction Biopic Waltzing with Brando," 14 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of actor

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for actor

Middle English actour "doer, pleader," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin āctor, from agere "to drive (cattle), cause to move, do" + -tor, agent suffix — more at agent

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actor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of actor

: a person who acts in a play, movie, etc.

actor

noun
ac·​tor | \ ˈak-tər How to pronounce actor (audio) \

Kids Definition of actor

: a person who acts especially in a play or movie

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