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
(n.)a performer who learns the role of another in order to serve as a replacement if necessary.
(v.t.)to learn (a role) in order to replace the regular performer when necessary.
to act as understudy to (a performer):
to understudy the lead.
(v.i.)to act or work as an understudy.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Showbiz
Origin of understudy:
an actor able to replace a regular performer when required
be an understudy or alternate for a role
a performer who understudies; a standby
to study or know a role to such an extent as to be able to replace the normal performer when required
to act as an understudy (to someone)
to study, as another actor's part, in order to be his substitute in an emergency; to study another actor's part
one who studies another's part with a view to assuming it in an emergency
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.
Translations for understudy
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a person who understudies
He was ill, so his understudy had to take the part.
- دِراسَة أقَلArabic
- substitutoPortuguese (BR)
- náhradník, záskokCzech
- der ErsatzmannGerman
- بازیگر علی البدلFarsi
- שַׂחקָן מַחֲלִיףHebrew
- किसी अन्य अभिनेता, गायक इत्यादि की जगह लेने के लिए नाटक इत्यादि का अध्ययन करने वालाHindi
- zamjenik glumcaCroatian
- helyettesítő színész(nő)Hungarian
- varaleikari, staðgengillIcelandic
- 대역 배우Korean
- pelakon gantiMalay
- aktor itp. zastępującyPolish
- بازیگر علی البدلPersian
- هغه لوبغاړې چې دناسوب لوبغاړى برخه ادا كوىPashto
- dvojnik igralcaSlovenian
- ersättare, inhoppareSwedish
- yedek aktör/aktrisTurkish
- 替角Chinese (Trad.)
- بوقت ضرورت اداکار کا پارٹ کرنے والا شخصUrdu
- người đóng thayVietnamese
- 替角Chinese (Simp.)
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