from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A stage-player; an actor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare A player.

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  • noun obsolete A stage actor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a theatrical performer


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Latin histrio: compare French histrion. See histrionic.


  • The intensity of the golden age of the histrion was the intensity of _his_ good faith.

    A Small Boy and Others

  • What would Athenæus say if he knew that it was through him alone that the name of this histrion had come down to us?

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 385, May 19, 1883

  • The SPEAKER, after eulogising the white tall hat, added that although he was glad that they had Sir SQUIRE BANCROFT with them (Hear, hear) he was bound to remark that not infrequently of late he had seen that illustrious histrion wearing in the streets of London a cloth cap more suitable to the golf-links or the Highlands.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, June 18, 1919

  • Fals-Semblant is the pope who sells benefices, the histrion, the tumbler, the juggler, the adept of the vagrant race, who goes about telling tales and helping his listeners to forget the seriousness of life.

    A Literary History of the English People From the Origins to the Renaissance

  • (From this we obtain our words histrion and histrionic).

    A History of Pantomime

  • As a matter of fact, Miss Anderson, who began her histrion career at an early age, and is even now of extremely youthful appearance, has had plenty of experience and success in _roles_ of much more difficulty, and much wider possibilities.

    Mary Anderson

  • He would become a vain listener to himself, instead of a speaker, a pedant in place of a serious man, a histrion instead of a sincere person.

    Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic

  • Yes, give me again the life of the theatre and remove far away this brutal scenery of trenches and shells and bombs and quick-firers and men summoned from peace and ease to cut one another's throats because a histrion KAISER has so willed it and none of his subjects dared to say him nay.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, March 22, 1916

  • None of the great ones of the earth is so intimately known to us as the magnificent histrion, whose tinselled grandeur and pompous egoism have been laid bare by the Duke of St. Simon, prince of memoirists.

    The Story of Paris

  • And so much for the grandest histrion of modern times, as near as I can deliberately judge (and the phrenologists put my “caution” at 7) —grander, I believe, than Kean in the expression of electric passion, the prime eligibility of the tragic artist.

    The Old Bowery. November Boughs


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