actor

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English actor, from Latin āctor (doer), from agō (to do). Equivalent to act +‎ -or. Cognate with Ancient Greek ἄκτωρ (áktōr, leader), from ἄγω (ágō, lead, carry, convey, bring).

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Noun[edit]

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actor (plural actors, feminine actress)

  1. A person who performs, plays a part in a theatrical play or film.
    • 1991, Ani DiFranco (lyrics and music), “Anticipate”, in Not So Soft:
      Seems like everyone's an actor / Or they're an actor's best friend / I wonder what was wrong to begin with / That they should all have to pretend
    • 2017 April 2, “Marijuana”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 4, episode 7, HBO:
      Exactly. Marijuana is something we just all gradually decided is okay, like Mark Wahlberg as a serious actor. “You know what? Sure, I’ve decided I’m fine with that.”
  2. One who acts; a doer.
  3. One who takes part in a situation.
  4. (law) An advocate or proctor in civil courts or causes.
  5. (law) One who institutes a suit; plaintiff or complainant.
  6. (policy debate) One who enacts a certain policy action.
  7. (software engineering) The entity that performs a role (in use case analysis).
  8. (linguistics, grammar) The most agent-like argument of a clause, e.g. 'the torpedo' in "The torpedo sank the boat" and "The torpedo fired".

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (person who performs in a theatrical play or film): performer, player
  • (one who acts): doer
  • (one who takes part): participant
  • (advocate in civil courts or cases):
  • (a plaintiff): complainant, plaintiff
  • (one who enacts a policy action)
  • (entity performing a role in use case analysis): role

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Descendants[edit]

  • Scottish Gaelic: actair
  • Welsh: actor

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Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin āctor.

Noun[edit]

actor m (plural actores)

  1. An actor.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin āctor.

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Noun[edit]

actor m (plural actors, feminine actriu)

  1. An actor.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin āctor.

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actor m (plural actores or actoren, diminutive actortje n)

  1. An actor; an agent, a player, who has a part in some field of economical, social or other action, i.e. an active human factor.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Agent noun formed from āctus +‎ -tor, perfect passive participle of agō (do, act, make).

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āctor m (genitive āctōris, feminine āctrīx); third declension

  1. A doer.
  2. An actor (person who performs in a theatrical play or movie).
  3. A (law) prosecutor, plaintiff, advocate, orator.

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative āctor āctōrēs
Genitive āctōris āctōrum
Dative āctōrī āctōribus
Accusative āctōrem āctōrēs
Ablative āctōre āctōribus
Vocative āctor āctōrēs

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References[edit]

  • actor in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • actor in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • actor in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • actor in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the actor who plays the leading part: actor primarum (secundarum, tertiarum) partium
  • actor in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia[2]
  • actor in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • actor in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray
  • actor in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

actor

  1. Alternative form of actour

Occitan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin āctor.

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actor m (plural actors, feminine actritz, feminine plural actrises)

  1. An actor.

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

actor m (plural actores)

  1. Superseded spelling of ator.

Romanian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French acteur, Latin āctor.

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Noun[edit]

actor m (plural actori, feminine equivalent actriță)

  1. (acting) An actor.

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Scots[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From English actor.

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Noun[edit]

actor (plural actors)

  1. An actor.

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin actor.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /akˈtoɾ/, [akˈt̪oɾ]
  • Hyphenation: act‧or
  • Rhymes: -oɾ

Noun[edit]

actor m (plural actores, feminine actriz or actora, feminine plural actrices or actoras)

  1. An actor (person who performs in a theatrical play or movie)

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actor m (plural actores, feminine actora, feminine plural actoras)

  1. (law) A defendant.

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Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English actor.

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Noun[edit]

actor m (plural actorion)

  1. An actor.

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Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal h-prothesis
actor unchanged unchanged hactor
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present) , “actor”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies