What does Actor mean?

Definitions for Actor
ˈæk tərac·tor

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. actor

    The Hero Initiative, formerly known as A Commitment to Our Roots, or ACTOR, is the first federally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators, writers and artists in need. Founded in late 2000 by a consortium of comic book and trade publishers, including Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Wizard Entertainment, CrossGen Comics and Dynamic Forces Inc., the 501(c)(3) charity aims to assist comic creators with health, medical, and quality-of-life assistance.


  1. actor

    An actor is a person who performs in plays, movies, television shows, or other types of performance arts, portraying characters and usually speaking or singing the written text or play. They can be professionals or amateurs and the roles they play can vary in nature, from small supporting parts to leading roles. The term also extends to voice acting for radio, animation or video games.

  2. actor

    An actor is a person who performs in plays, movies, television shows or other forms of visual media, portraying a character and communicating the story to an audience through speech, body language, and gestures. This term can apply to both professional and amateur performers, and covers a range of acting styles, from theatrical to realistic. It can also include voice actors, who provide the voices for animated characters, radio dramas, video games and other types of media. Actors may also be involved in other aspects of production, such as writing, directing, and producing.

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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British National Corpus

  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. Vince Vaughn:

    So when Todd Phillips wanted me for ‘Old School,’ the studio didn’t want me, they didn’t think I could do comedy! They said, ‘He’s a dramatic actor from smaller films.’ Todd really had to push for me; I think he even told them to watch me on Letterman, to see that I could be funny.

  2. Guy Pearce:

    Tough one to talk about at the moment, amazing actor. Incredible actor. Mmm, slightly difficult time with Kevin Spacey, yeah. Kevin Spacey's Kevin Spacey.

  3. Jerry Stiller:

    And from that day on, it was the best years of my life as an actor because I worked with people who were the most generous actors in the world, seinfeld.

  4. Lee Strasberg:

    A great actor is independent of the poet; because the supreme essence of feeling does not reside in the prose or in verse, but in the accent with which it is delivered.

  5. Nicolas Cage:

    For me it always implies,' Oh, he's a great actor, therefore he's a great liar,' thespian.

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