From Middle English actour, from Anglo-Norman actor, Middle French actor, and their source, Latin āctor (doer), from agō (to do). Equivalent to act + -or. Cognate with Ancient Greek ἄκτωρ or áktōr, (leader), from ἄγω or ágō (lead, carry, convey, bring).
actor (plural actors, feminine actress)
- Someone or something that takes part in some action; a doer, an agent.
- A person who acts a part in a theatrical play or (later) in film or television; a dramatic performer.
- (grammar) The subject performing the action of a verb.
- (software engineering) The entity that performs a role (in use case analysis).
In the sense of a person who acts in a play or film, the traditional sense of the word only applied to male actors, the term actress being used for the female counterpart.
- character actor
- method actor
- supporting actor
- voice actor
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