actress Definition

a female actor.

Using actress: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "actress" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She is a talented actress who has won many awards.

  • Example

    The movie features some of the best actresses in Hollywood.

  • Example

    She started her career as a child actress.

actress Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for actress

Phrases with actress

  • an actress who specializes in playing unusual or eccentric characters


    She is a character actress who has played a variety of roles throughout her career.

  • the female actor who plays the main role in a movie or play


    She won an Oscar for her performance as the leading actress in the movie.

  • the female actor who plays a secondary role in a movie or play


    She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie.

Origins of actress

from 'actor' + '-ess'


Summary: actress in Brief

An 'actress' [ˈæktrəs] is a female actor. They are commonly seen in movies, TV shows, and plays. Phrases like 'character actress,' 'leading actress,' and 'supporting actress' denote different types of roles that actresses can play.

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