Actress



a woman who in stage plays, motion pictures, television broadcasts, etc., especially professionally.
Contemporary Examples

But the actress who created the modern-day template is Glenn Close.
Crazy Chick Flicks Ramin Setoodeh January 30, 2011

“Lights, Camera, Action”The Magliozzi brothers were positively star-struck when actress Geena Davis called in on June 1, 2002.
‘Car Talk’ Hosts to Retire: Best Moments With NPR’s Laughing Mechanics Caitlin Dickson June 8, 2012

In rarer cases, if I may chance a misinterpreted mashup of my own, one can scratch an actress and find an actor.
Ellen Barkin on ‘Another Happy Day,’ Sam Levinson, and Being a ‘Broad’ Kevin Sessums November 15, 2011

The Iron Lady actress bested frontrunner Viola Davis, who seemed a shoo-in for her turn in The Help.
Meryl Streep, ‘The Artist,’ Billy Crystal: Best Moments From 2012 Oscars (VIDEO) Shannon Donnelly February 26, 2012

Rush Limbaugh’s slurs of Sandra Fluke have lit up the Internet, with no response getting more heat than actress Patricia Heaton’s.
Patricia Heaton Apologizes for Attacking Sandra Fluke on Twitter March 5, 2012

Historical Examples

This was the document he had handed over to the actress the night before.
A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre

“A good riddance, so far as I’m concerned,” replied the actress.
Nana, The Miller’s Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille Emile Zola

He lived, for good reasons, in the same house as Florine, an actress for whom he wrote plays.
Bureaucracy Honore de Balzac

But then it’s fearful to think of being an actress, isn’t it?
The Christian Hall Caine

I shall endeavor not to marry the actress of questionable virtue, but I shan’t attempt to etherialize politics.
Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna

noun
a woman who acts in a play, film, broadcast, etc
(informal) a woman who puts on a false manner in order to deceive others
n.

1580s, “female who does something;” see actor + -ess; stage sense is from 1700. Sometimes French actrice was used.

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