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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Best supporting actress in a comedy winner Alex Borstein—Mrs. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "An Onstage Marriage Proposal, Mrs. Maisel Sends a Message, and More Takeaways From the 2018 Emmys," 18 Sep. 2018 Will and Grace nabbed five 2018 Emmy nominations for its revival season, including best supporting actress for Megan Mullally who plays standout Karen Walker on the NBC sitcom. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Megan Mullally Disappointed in 'Will and Grace' Comedy Series Snub," 12 July 2018 Metcalf, 63, snagged the nomination for best supporting actress in a comedy for her performance as Jackie Harris in Roseanne on Thursday, nearly two months after the sitcom was abruptly canceled. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Laurie Metcalf Snags an Emmy Nomination for Roseanne After Cancellation," 12 July 2018 But the actress herself is now officially dangerous. Mark Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "The most dangerous celebrity online is revealed," 1 Oct. 2018 In addition to the WBTV deal, Mitchell signed off on a talent holding deal as an actress, and will be starring in the new Lifetime psychological thriller, You. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Exclusive Look Inside Shay Mitchell’s Stunning Office Remodel," 4 Sep. 2018 Sanda Oh, who yesterday became the first Asian-American women to get an Emmy nomination for leading actress, plays a brilliant but underappreciated MI5 investigator who’s obsessed with a quirky female serial killer. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "9 Emmy-Nominated Shows You Can Binge to Escape Reality," 13 July 2018 And like the earlier film, this one also debuts an actress of remarkable promise. Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a moving father-daughter story," 12 July 2018 Brosnahan, who was born in Milwaukee and grew up in the Chicago area, was nominated for best lead actress in a comedy series. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Shalhoub and Rachel Brosnahan score Emmy nominations for 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'," 12 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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