Definitions for understudyˈʌn dərˌstʌd i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•der•stud•yˈʌn dərˌstʌd i(n.)(pl.)-stud•ies

  1. (n.)a performer who learns the role of another in order to serve as a replacement if necessary.

    Category: Showbiz

  2. (v.t.)to learn (a role) in order to replace the regular performer when necessary.

    Category: Showbiz

  3. to act as understudy to (a performer):

    to understudy the lead.

    Category: Showbiz

  4. (v.i.)to act or work as an understudy.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Showbiz

Origin of understudy:

1870–75

Princeton's WordNet

  1. understudy, standby(verb)

    an actor able to replace a regular performer when required

  2. understudy, alternate(verb)

    be an understudy or alternate for a role

Wiktionary

  1. understudy(Noun)

    a performer who understudies; a standby

  2. understudy(Verb)

    to study or know a role to such an extent as to be able to replace the normal performer when required

  3. understudy(Verb)

    to act as an understudy (to someone)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Understudy

    to study, as another actor's part, in order to be his substitute in an emergency; to study another actor's part

  2. Understudy(noun)

    one who studies another's part with a view to assuming it in an emergency

Freebase

  1. Understudy

    In theater, an understudy is a performer who learns the lines and blocking/choreography of a regular actor or actress in a play. Should the regular actor or actress be unable to appear on stage because of illness or emergencies, the understudy takes over the part. Usually when the understudy takes over, the theater manager will make a relevant announcement prior to the start of the performance. In the opera world, the term cover or covering is used. More recently, the term "understudy" has generally only been applied to performers who will cover a part, but still regularly perform in another role within the show; usually a minor, extra role.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

understudy(noun)

a person who understudies

He was ill, so his understudy had to take the part.

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