American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A woman who is an actor. See Usage Note at -ess.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female actor or performer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A female actor or doer.
- n. A female stageplayer; a woman who acts a part.
- n. a female actor
- From actor + -ess. (Wiktionary)
“The show is looking for a name actress to recur as Hank's med school nemesis.”
“The First Actresses, National Portrait Gallery - review The catalogue of the new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery opens with a dejected little enquiry into the origin of the term "actress", as though the author, Gill Perry, has some objection to the distinction in terms of gender between the male and female trouper.”
“She replaced the original actress slated for the title actress role in the 1960 movie and gained worldwide fame and infamy; an Asian American woman as a pioneering lead actress in a Hollywood movie in a role that reinforced biased Western perceptions of their sexuality.”
“Someone kind should probably try to stop me, but this actress is amazing:”
“Scarlett Johansson "actress" is exactly that case.”
“Surprised by Chelsea Handler's graphic rant about Angelina Jolie, in which she called the actress a "f**cking b**ch," and a "f**king c*nt?”
“And, no, I'm not rooting for Melissa Leo just because she's been around and paid her dues and isn't it great that a non-glamorous real actress is getting the recognition she deserves.”
“The young actress is in final negotiations to join "Zombieland" alongside Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Jesse Eisenberg.”
“The most intriguing thing about the movie for me was trying to figure out if the lead actress is the same one who worked on The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”
“This time, the buxom actress is making the headlines for her latest charity contribution -- one that's caused controversy in Indonesia.”
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words with the suffix -ess
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