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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-ter]
    • /ˈæk tər/
    • /ˈæktə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-ter]
    • /ˈæk tər/

Definitions of actor word

  • countable noun actor An actor is someone whose job is acting in plays or films. 'Actor' in the singular usually refers to a man, but some women who act prefer to be called 'actors' rather than 'actresses'. 3
  • noun actor a person who acts in a play, film, broadcast, etc 3
  • noun actor a person who puts on a false manner in order to deceive others (often in the phrase bad actor) 3
  • noun actor a person who does something or participates in something 3
  • noun actor a person, often, specif., a man, who acts in plays, movies, etc. 3
  • noun actor a brother of King Augeas, sometimes believed to be the father, by Molione, of Eurytus and Cteatus. 1

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Origin of actor

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin āctor, equivalent to āg- (see act) + -tor -tor

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Parts of speech for Actor


actor popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

actor usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for actor

noun actor

  • star — any of the heavenly bodies, except the moon, appearing as fixed luminous points in the sky at night.
  • artist — An artist is someone who draws or paints pictures or creates sculptures as a job or a hobby.
  • character — The character of a person or place consists of all the qualities they have that make them distinct from other people or places.
  • clown — A clown is a performer in a circus who wears funny clothes and bright make-up, and does silly things in order to make people laugh.
  • playerGary, born 1935, South African golfer.

Antonyms for actor

noun actor

  • audience — The audience at a play, concert, film, or public meeting is the group of people watching or listening to it.
  • fan — an enthusiastic devotee, follower, or admirer of a sport, pastime, celebrity, etc.: a baseball fan; a great fan of Charlie Chaplin.

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