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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-tris]
    • /ˈæk trɪs/
    • /ˈæktrəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-tris]
    • /ˈæk trɪs/

Definitions of actress word

  • countable noun actress An actress is a woman whose job is acting in plays or films. 3
  • noun actress a woman who acts in a play, film, broadcast, etc 3
  • noun actress a woman who puts on a false manner in order to deceive others 3
  • noun actress a woman or girl who acts in plays, movies, etc. 3
  • noun actress a woman who acts in stage plays, motion pictures, television broadcasts, etc., especially professionally. 1
  • noun actress See -ess.   1

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Origin of actress

First appearance:

before 1580
One of the 35% oldest English words
First recorded in 1580-90; act(o)r + -ess

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Actress


actress popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% 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".

actress usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for actress

noun actress

  • leading lady — an actress who plays the principal female role in a motion picture or play.
  • ingenue — the part of an artless, innocent, unworldly girl or young woman, especially as represented on the stage.
  • prima donna — a first or principal female singer of an opera company.
  • starlet — a young actress promoted and publicized as a future star, especially in motion pictures.
  • diva — a distinguished female singer; prima donna.

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