from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a theatrical company.
  • noun A veteran actor or performer.

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  • noun A member of a theatrical company (a troupe).
  • noun A veteran performer.
  • noun A reliable, hard-working person; usually trooper.

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

  • noun a person who is reliable and uncomplaining and hard working
  • noun an actor who travels around the country presenting plays


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