What does actor mean?

Definitions for actor
ˈæk tərac·tor

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.

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

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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. 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.

  2. Winston Churchill:

    It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.

  3. James Dean:

    Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have.

  4. Dmitri Trenin:

    China and the U.S. are two superpowers, and North Korea has a reason to stand up to both in different ways, russia is a country whose attractiveness to North Korea lies precisely in it not having major leverage. Russia has this potential of being seen as a relatively benign actor by the North Koreans.

  5. Paul Newman:

    The nice thing about animation, you don't even really have to account for yourself. All of the physical stuff that you work on as an actor, you just throw away.

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