What does Actor mean?

Definitions for Actor
ˈæk tərActor

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Actor.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. actor, histrion, player, thespian, role playernoun

    a theatrical performer

  2. actor, doer, workernoun

    a person who acts and gets things done

    "he's a principal actor in this affair"; "when you want something done get a doer"; "he's a miracle worker"


  1. actornoun

    a person who performs in a theatrical play or film

  2. actornoun

    one who acts; a doer

  3. actornoun

    one who takes part in a situation

  4. actornoun

    An advocate or proctor in civil courts or causes.

  5. actornoun

    One who institutes a suit; plaintiff or complainant.

  6. actornoun

    One who enacts a certain policy action.

  7. actornoun

    The entity that performs a role (in use case analysis).

  8. Etymology: From actor, from. Cognate with Ancient Greek ἄκτωρ, from ἄγω.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Actornoun

    Etymology: actor, Lat.

    The virtues of either age may correct the defects of both: and good for succession, that young men may be learners, while men in age are actors. Francis Bacon, Essay civ.

    He, who writes an Encomium Neronis, if he does it heartily, is himself but a transcript of Nero in his mind, and would, no doubt, gladly enough see such pranks, as he was famous for, acted again, though he dares not be the actor of them himself. Robert South, Sermons.

    Would you have
    Such an Herculean actor in the scene,
    And not this hydra? They must sweat no less
    To fit their properties, than t’ express their parts. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    When a good actor doth his part present,
    In every act he our attention draws,
    That at the last he may find just applause. John Denham.

    These false beauties of the stage are no more lasting than a rain-bow; when the actor ceases to shine upon them, when he gilds them no longer with his reflection, they vanish in a twinkling. John Dryden, Spanish Friar, Dedication.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Actornoun

    one who acts, or takes part in any affair; a doer

  2. Actornoun

    a theatrical performer; a stageplayer

  3. Actornoun

    an advocate or proctor in civil courts or causes

  4. Actornoun

    one who institutes a suit; plaintiff or complainant

  5. Etymology: [L. actor, fr. agere to act.]


  1. Actor

    An actor is a person who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio in that capacity. The ancient Greek word for an "actor," ὑποκριτής, means literally "one who interprets"; in this sense, an actor is one who interprets a dramatic character.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Actor' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4396

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Actor' in Nouns Frequency: #1201

Anagrams for Actor »

  1. Croat

  2. corta

  3. rocta

  4. troca

  5. taroc

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Actor in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Actor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Actor in a Sentence

  1. Christian Phelps:

    The evidence indicated that (Adams-Kinard) was the primary actor in the case, there is no evidence that implicates (Glenn) in the beating of Mr. Belton.

  2. Tim Matheson:

    We all became Deltas that night, the thing I remember most about John Belushi was how gracious he was to me … The bond went beyond being just actors and I became a friend to him and he was a great friend to me … He was a great man. He was a wonderful actor.

  3. Dustin Hoffman:

    I decided to become an actor because I was failing in school and I needed the credits.

  4. Minnie John:

    I said,' Can I take a picture ?' and Julie Bowen said,' Of course,' and gave me a big hug and we took a picture, they were so down to earth, so genuine, so sweet : Not at all how you might expect a big actor or a big doctor to be -- which they are. They were just so humble, so loving.

  5. Billy Crudup:

    And this kind of creative analysis of how people navigate difficult times together in high pressure jobs so you can make it dramatic, they are still navigating the same things that everyone else is navigating. and I can't imagine a better iteration of being an actor than getting to do that.

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