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actour (plural actours)

  1. Obsolete spelling of actor
    • 1692: Marcus Aurelius (Emperor of Rome) [aut.] and Meric Caſaubon [tr.], The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus the Roman Emperor, Concerning Himſelf, book X, page 205, § XXVII (5th edition; first published in 1634)
      XXVII. Ever to mind and conſider with thy ſelf, how all things that now are, have been heretofore much after the ſame ſort, and after the ſame faſhion that now they are: and ſo to think of thoſe things which ſhall be hereafter alſo. Moreover, whole dramata, and uniform ſcenes, [or, ſcenes that comprehend the lives and actions of men of one calling and profeſſion,] as many as either in thine own experience thou haſt known, or by reading of ancient Hiſtories; (as the whole Court of Adrianus, the whole Court of Antoninus Pius, the whole Court of Philippus, that of Alexander, that of Crœſus:) to ſet them all before thine eyes. For thou ſhalt find that they are all but after one ſort and faſhion: [or, all of the ſame kind and nature:] onely that the ac‍tours were others.


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Borrowed from Latin āctōr; equivalent to act +‎ -our.


  • IPA(key): /akˈtuːr/, /ˈaktur/


actour (rare)

  1. An actor, doer (one who or that which does)
  2. (law) A plaintiff


  • English: actor
  • Scots: acker