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 actress (audio) \ adjective

Examples of actress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Betty Lynn, the actress best known for playing Barney Fife's (Don Knotts) girlfriend Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show has died at 95. Jolie Lash,, 17 Oct. 2021 The actress jetted off to the Rome Film Festival for The Eyes of Tammy Faye premiere in a stunning royal blue Gucci skirt set. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 16 Oct. 2021 The actress appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live alongside Kumail Nanjiani to promote the Marvel movie Eternals. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 15 Oct. 2021 The actress revealed that she was prescribed the painkiller to alleviate complications associated with her fibroid cysts. Essence, 15 Oct. 2021 In 1984, the English actress Jane Birkin hopped on an Air France flight from Paris to London. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 The actress was slated to star alongside Manifest's Matt Long in a pilot for a new NBC show called Getaway, but according to Pop Culture, NBC pulled the plug on that pilot. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 14 Oct. 2021 The actress was briefly hospitalized in Boston in August after sustaining minor injuries while filming a stunt for the film there. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 The actress did not directly address her own COVID-19 vaccination status or her current position on the COVID-19 vaccine in the post. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 13 Oct. 2021

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Actress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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