ac·​tress ˈak-trəs How to pronounce actress (audio)
: a woman or girl who is an actor
actressy adjective

Examples of actress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The actress was spotted at JFK Airport in New York City with husband Cooke Maroney, donning an all-denim outfit with a nude tote bag that looked jam-packed with on-the-go essentials. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 10 June 2024 The actress used her birthday post to thank them for their support. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 10 June 2024 The Precious actress welcomed a baby girl and boy with husband Brandon Frankel in the spring. Anna Halkidis, Parents, 9 June 2024 After the earthquake, Mr. Williams relocated to Manhattan with his wife, the actress Angelina Fiordellisi, and their two young children. Andrew Cotto, New York Times, 8 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for actress 

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Word History


actor + -ess

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of actress was in 1586

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Cite this Entry

“Actress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


ac·​tress ˈak-trəs How to pronounce actress (audio)
: a woman or girl who acts especially in a play or movie or on television
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