ac·tress | \ˈak-trəs \

Definition of actress 

: a woman or girl who is an actor

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actressy \-trə-sē \ adjective

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Scarlett Johansson will not portray a transgender man in a talked-about new film, according to the actress' new statement to Out., "Scarlett Johansson Withdraws From Rub Tug & Apologizes For "Insensitive" Remarks," 13 July 2018 The decorated actress, who has taken home two Tony Awards and an Oscar nomination in the past two years, just earned another feather in her cap — this one maybe the most unlikely of all. Libby Hill,, "Laurie Metcalf emerges from the ashes of 'Roseanne' with an Emmy nomination," 12 July 2018 Cassandra Snyder, the actress who plays Bland, applauds Rome's vision and willingness to create a space of discomfort and anger in which to discuss police brutality. Ariel Parrella-aureli, Chicago Reader, "365 Ways to Kill an American offers a new perspective on police brutality," 12 July 2018 The actress, who played forensic specialist Abby Sciuto, left the show last year after 15 seasons. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "CBS Announced Its Fall TV Lineup, Including 'Blue Bloods' and 'Murphy Brown'," 10 July 2018 Perhaps that’s the key to his success and lasting appeal for popstars, actresses, and First Ladies alike. Kristen Bateman, Glamour, "How Alexandre Vauthier Became the Couture Go-to for Your Favorite Celebs," 9 July 2018 Farmiga, a formidable actress, spins her wheels as the neurotic and harried Laura and contrasts sharply with the easy cool of Plummer as Jack. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Road movie ‘Boundaries’ travels well-worn path," 6 July 2018 UpWiththeSkimm #SkimmLife Name: Jessica Biel Job: Mama Bear, actress, producer, wannabe alpinist, consummate student of the @WomanCareGlobal #ThenWhoWill campaign. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Every Photo Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel Have Shared of Son Silas," 6 July 2018 The actress, director, and star of ABC’s Black-ish grew up in Europe, spent her youth accompanying her mom, singer Diana Ross, on international jaunts, and racks up frequent flier miles monthly. Jane Sung, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tracee Ellis Ross on How Travel Is 'Empowering'," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of actress

1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for actress

actor + -ess

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The first known use of actress was in 1586

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English Language Learners Definition of actress

: a woman or girl who acts in a play, movie, etc. : a female actor


ac·tress | \ˈak-trəs \

Kids Definition of actress

: a woman or girl who acts especially in a play or movie

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to reject or criticize sharply

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