actor

noun ac·tor \ ˈak-tər also -ˌtȯr \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of actor

1 :one that acts :doer
2 a :one who represents a character in a dramatic production
b :a theatrical performer
c :one who behaves as if acting a part
3 :one that takes part in any affair

actorish

play \-tə-rish\ adjective

actorly

play \-tər-lē\ adjective

Examples of actor in a Sentence

  1. my sister went to drama school to become an actor

  2. Benjamin Franklin was a major actor in many of the events leading up to the founding of our nation.

Recent Examples of actor from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of 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



ACTOR Defined for English Language Learners

actor

noun

Definition of actor for English Language Learners

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


ACTOR Defined for Kids

actor

noun ac·tor \ ˈak-tər \

Definition of actor for Students

:a person who acts especially in a play or movie


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