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

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Tonight’s premiere episode of Fosse/Verdon introduces choreographer/director Bob Fosse and dancer/actress Gwen Verdon, the dynamic, wildly talented couple who defined entertainment in the latter half of the 20th century. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yes, That Fosse/Verdon Cheating Scene Is Based in Fact," 10 Apr. 2019 The approximately 12,000-square-foot estate dates back to the 1930s, when Mr. Neff designed the property for actor Fredric March and his wife, actress Florence Eldridge, according to the listing agent, Susan Smith of Hilton & Hyland. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s Onetime Home Lists for $56 Million," 9 Apr. 2019 The Big Little Lies actress opted for an intricate Christopher Kane dress with black, billowy lace sleeves and a silver sequined skirt. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everyone Is Talking About Nicole Kidman's Racy Dress at the ACM Awards," 8 Apr. 2019 In late February, rapper Nipsey Hussle and actress Lauren London were introduced to mainstream pop culture as an industry power couple, in GQ. Jamilah King, Teen Vogue, "Nipsey Hussle's Death Brings a New Generation of Hip-Hop Heartbreak," 7 Apr. 2019 Indya Moore’s quickly gone from the breakout actress of Ryan Murphy’s Pose to a full-out style star in her own right. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Indya Moore Has a Mesmerizing Fashion Moment in Jamila Woods’s New Video," 4 Apr. 2019 The letter was spearheaded by actress Alyssa Milano and includes Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer, Gabrielle Union, Ben Stiller, Don Cheadle, Mia Farrow and others. Ben Nadler, The Seattle Times, "‘Heartbeat’ abortion ban heads to Georgia governor’s desk," 31 Mar. 2019 Julia is a British actress who is known for her role as Maggie Lin in Saving Hope and for co-hosting The Great Canadian Baking Show. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast of "Katy Keene" and Their Characters," 28 Mar. 2019 From walking red carpets to living a glamorous LA lifestyle, the former actress was already wearing brands like Dior and Givenchy. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Maternity Wardrobe Cost More Than Half a Million Dollars," 23 Mar. 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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