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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Her career as an actress was catapulted by the success of the award-winning show, and even earned her direct praise from Beyoncé, but Serayah continued to feed her true longtime passion: making music. Regina Cho, Billboard, "'Empire' Star Serayah Talks About Receiving Praise From Beyonce, Premieres New Video 'So Good'," 13 July 2018 Deborah would go on to launch her own successful career as an actress. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Roger Moore's daughter shares memories of growing up with James Bond star," 10 July 2018 And that’s a testament to Clarkson’s skill as an actress. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Sharp Objects wraps small-town murder clichés in an irresistibly glossy package," 9 July 2018 People know what Amy can do as an actress, but this is her first credit as a producer. Evan Romano, New York Times, "‘Sharp Objects’: Jean-Marc Vallée on the Series Premiere and Underdog Storytelling," 8 July 2018 Both of the new flicks will star Williams-Paisley and Williams, with each featuring a different sister as the lead and the other as the supporting actress. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Sisters Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Ashley Williams to Co-Star in Two Hallmark Christmas Movies," 27 June 2018 Along with speaking out about issues including the #MeToo movement, Savage also uses her platform as an actress to support women. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Chris Hardwick's Ex Andrea Savage Defends Him Amid Sexual Assault Allegations," 27 June 2018 But her preternatural intelligence and subtlety as an actress are wasted on a character who never stops shouting her hang-ups from the rooftops. Justin Chang,, "'Boundaries' takes the road all too quirkily traveled," 21 June 2018 Eunice Gayson, a British stage and film actress who earned a place in cinema history as the first Bond girl, died June 8. kansascity, "In memoriam through June 15: Civil rights activist Dorothy Cotton, Neal Boyd of ‘AGT’," 15 June 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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