ac·​tress | \ ˈak-trəs How to pronounce actress (audio) \

Definition of actress

: a woman or girl who is an actor

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actressy \ -​trə-​sē How to pronounce actressy (audio) \ adjective

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For her first public appearance post-diagnosis, the actress attended the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in a Ralph and Russo dress. Ariel Henley, Allure, "How Fashion Lets Me Embrace the Physical Differences Caused by Crouzon Syndrome," 12 Mar. 2019 Fans are hoping the actress appears in the wedding episode between characters Marty Deeks and Kensi Blye. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Will Hetty Return to 'NCIS: Los Angeles' for Deeks and Kensi's Wedding?," 10 Mar. 2019 After developing a one-woman show, Whoopi got noticed by Steven Spielberg, who gave the young actress her first big break in The Color Purple in 1985. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Whoopi Goldberg and Her Daughter Alex Martin Have Been Through So Much Together," 6 Mar. 2019 Close was honored with the spotlight award as actor Michael Chiklis praised the actress for her ability to captivate audiences through her roles. Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Seattle Times, "Costume Designers Guild honors Ruth E. Carter, Glenn Close," 20 Feb. 2019 Sofía Jeans by Sofía Vergara, the actress’s new collaboration with, is now exclusively available online. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Sofía Vergara Just Launched a Denim Line in Sizes 0 through 20—and Everything Is $40 and Under," 6 Feb. 2019 With an all gold background that complements her shining hair, the singer/actress wears a gold satin sleeveless dress. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Is Actually Glowing in This Affordable Slip," 9 Jan. 2019 Golden Globe-winning actress Mia Farrow also replied to Teigen's post with her own equally adorable message. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Beatrice Offers to Be Chrissy Teigen's Goddaughter on Twitter," 22 Feb. 2019 All Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco wanted was to take a sultry photo with her husband, Karl Cook. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Big Bang Theory' Star Kaley Cuoco Posts Very "Sexy" Instagram With Her Husband," 22 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce actress (audio) \

Kids Definition of actress

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

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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