What does understudy mean?

Definitions for understudyˈʌn dərˌstʌd i

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

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


  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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Understudy

    un′dėr-stud-i, v.t. and v.i. to study a dramatic part so as to be able to take the place of the actor playing it, if necessary.—n. an actor who prepares a part in this way.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of understudy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of understudy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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Translations for understudy

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • EinspringerGerman
  • suplente, suplantarSpanish
  • varanäyttelijäFinnish
  • doubler, doublureFrench
  • կրկնորդիչ, կրկնորդել, փոխարինել, փոխարինողArmenian
  • doppio, sostituireItalian
  • [[учить, дубли́ровать, дублёр, заменя́ть, замеща́тьRussian

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