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

Definition of actress

: a woman or girl who is an actor

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Other Words from actress

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

Examples of actress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Per @zendayastylefiles, the actress and performer accessorized her perfect gown with a pair of Christian Louboutin's So Kate 120 pumps in Safki. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zendaya Dazzles in a Sparkly Vintage Versace Gown for the Green Carpet Fashion Awards," 11 Oct. 2020 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills added actress and producer Garcelle Beauvais to the roster last season, and the upcoming Salt Lake City edition of the franchise explores the mystery of the city's Mormon community and stars two women of colour. Ineye Komonibo,, "RHONY Just Got Its First Black Housewife & It’s About Time," 8 Oct. 2020 The actress and model replied back to the message with her candid thoughts. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Eva Mendes Perfectly Shut Down Instagrammer Who Made a Comment About Ryan Gosling," 7 Oct. 2020 During their final performance on week four — when Heche opened up about her past romance with Ellen DeGeneres — the actress and Motsepe danced a paso doble and earned a 21/30 from judges Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Georgia Slater,, "Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe Joke About DWTS Results Error: 'Happy 2020, Anything Can Happen'," 6 Oct. 2020 The actress and singer is often photographed walking her 4-year-old Maltipoo, Elvis, around town and on set. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "Lucy Hale Wants to Help Domestic Abuse Survivors — and Their Pets — Find Refuge," 5 Oct. 2020 Emmy Award-winning actress and producer Kerry Washington is taking part in the campaign. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Trail Blazers’ ‘perfect trade,’ Miami Heat culture, players continue voting push, LeBron shines in ‘winning time:’ NBA playoffs news and notes," 25 Sep. 2020 Since the actress and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin divorced in 2016, the former couple has been celebrated for how the continue to co-parent in a healthy way. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Co-Parenting With Chris Martin: 'You’re Ending a Marriage, But You’re Still in a Family'," 22 Sep. 2020 The Texas born-and-raised singer, actress and business owner will virtually receive the ARTS Award at the Hispanic Heritage Awards on Oct. 6. Shacamree Gowdy, Houston Chronicle, "Texas-bred 'role model' Selena Gomez to receive special honor at the Hispanic Heritage Awards," 14 Sep. 2020

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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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19 Oct 2020

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“Actress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce actress (audio)

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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