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Thespian (an actor or actress) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.
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Definition of the noun thespian
What does thespian mean as a name of something?
noun - plural:
- thespian: thespians
- Thespian: Thespians
- a theatrical performer
- lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
- synonyms of thespian: actor / histrion / player / role player
- more generic terms: performer / performing artist = an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience
- more specific terms:
- actress = a female actor
- barnstormer / play-actor / playactor / trouper = an actor who travels around the country presenting plays
- character actor = an actor who specializes in playing supporting roles
- comedian = an actor in a comedy
- ham actor / ham = an unskilled actor who overacts
- heavy = an actor who plays villainous roles
- ingenue = an actress who specializes in playing the role of an artless innocent young girl
- leading man = actor who plays the leading male role
- pantomimist / pantomimer / mummer / mimer / mime = an actor who communicates entirely by gesture and facial expression
- plant = an actor situated in the audience whose acting is rehearsed but seems spontaneous to the audience
- reenactor = a person who enacts a role in an event that occurred earlier
- scene-stealer = an actor who draws more attention than other actors in the same scene
- screen actor / movie actor = an actor who plays a role in a film
- principal / lead / star = an actor who plays a principal role
- spear carrier / supernumerary / extra = a minor actor in crowd scenes
- tragedian = an actor who specializes in tragic roles
- understudy / standby = an actor able to replace a regular performer when required
- upstager = a selfish actor who upstages the other actors
- walk-on = plays a small part in a dramatic production
- Allen Stewart Konigsberg / Woody Allen / Allen = United States filmmaker and comic actor
- Fred Astaire / Astaire = United States dancer and cinema actor noted for his original and graceful tap dancing
- Maurice Barrymore / Herbert Blythe / Barrymore = United States actor
- Lionel Barrymore / Barrymore = United States actor
- John Barrymore / Barrymore = United States actor
- Humphrey DeForest Bogart / Humphrey Bogart / Bogart = United States film actor
- John Wilkes Booth / Booth = United States actor and assassin of President Lincoln
- Richard Burbage / Burbage = English actor who was the first to play the leading role in several of Shakespeare's tragedies
- Richard Burton / Burton = Welsh film actor who often co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor
- James Cagney / Jimmy Cagney / Cagney = United States film actor known for his portrayals of tough characters
- Maurice Chevalier / Chevalier = French actor and cabaret singer
- Frank Cooper / Gary Cooper / Cooper = United States film actor noted for his portrayals of strong silent heroes
- Sir Noel Pierce Coward / Noel Coward / Coward = English dramatist and actor and composer noted for his witty and sophisticated comedies
- Hume Blake Cronyn / Hume Cronyn / Cronyn = Canadian actor who frequently played character parts with his wife Jessica Tandy
- Harry Lillis Crosby / Bing Crosby / Crosby = United States singer and film actor
- James Byron Dean / James Dean / Dean = United States film actor whose moody rebellious roles made him a cult figure
- Robert De Niro / De Niro = United States film actor who frequently plays tough characters
- Gerard Depardieu / Depardieu = French film actor
- John Drew / Drew = United States actor
- Douglas Elton Fairbanks / Douglas Fairbanks / Julius Ullman / Fairbanks = United States film actor noted for his swashbuckling roles
- Douglas Fairbanks Jr. / Fairbanks = United States film actor
- Henry Fonda / Fonda = United States film actor
- William Clark Gable / Clark Gable / Gable = United States film actor
- David Garrick / Garrick = English actor and theater manager who was the foremost Shakespearean actor of his day
- Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson / Mel Gibson / Gibson = Australian actor
- Arthur John Gielgud / Sir John Gielgud / Gielgud = English actor of Shakespearean roles who was also noted for appearances in films
- Cary Grant / Grant = United States actor (born in England) who was the elegant leading man in many films
- Harley Granville-Barker / Granville-Barker = English actor and dramatist and critic and director noted for his productions of Shakespearean plays
- Sir Alec Guinness / Alec Guinness / Guinness = English stage and screen actor noted for versatility
- Thomas J. Hanks / Tom Hanks / Hanks = United States film actor
- Reginald Carey Harrison / Sir Rex Harrison / Rex Harrison / Harrison = English actor on stage and in films
- John Hemminge / John Heming / Hemminge / Heming = English actor who edited the first folio of Shakespeare's plays
- Dustin Hoffman / Hoffman = versatile United States film actor
- Sir Anthony Philip Hopkins / Sir Anthony Hopkins / Anthony Hopkins / Hopkins = Welsh film actor
- Leslie Howard Stainer / Leslie Howard / Howard = English actor of stage and screen
- Asa Yoelson / Al Jolson / Jolson = United States singer (born in Russia) who appeared in the first full-length talking film
- William Henry Pratt / Boris Karloff / Karloff = United States film actor (born in England) noted for his performances in horror films
- Edmund Kean / Kean = English actor noted for his portrayals of Shakespeare's great tragic characters
- Joseph Francis Keaton / Buster Keaton / Keaton = United States comedian and actor in silent films noted for his acrobatic skills and deadpan face
- Eugene Curran Kelly / Gene Kelly / Kelly = United States dancer who performed in many musical films
- Charles Laughton / Laughton = United States film actor (born in England)
- Lee Yuen Kam / Bruce Lee / Lee = United States actor who was an expert in kung fu and starred in martial arts films
- Jack Lemmon / John Uhler / Lemmon = United States film actor
- Harold Clayton Lloyd / Harold Lloyd / Lloyd = United States comic actor in silent films
- Laszlo Lowestein / Peter Lorre / Lorre = United States actor (born in Hungary) noted for playing sinister roles
- Bela Ferenc Blasko / Bela Lugosi / Lugosi = United States film actor (born in Hungary) noted for portraying monsters
- Alfred Lunt / Lunt = United States actor who performed with his wife Lynn Fontanne in many stage productions
- E. G. Marshall / Marshall = United States actor
- Steve Martin / Martin = United States actor and comedian
- James Neville Mason / James Mason / Mason = English film actor
- Robert Mitchum / Mitchum = United States film actor
- Dudley Stuart John Moore / Dudley Moore / Moore = English actor and comedian who appeared on television and in films
- Paul Leonard Newman / Paul Newman / Newman = United States film actor
- Baron Olivier of Birghton / Sir Laurence Kerr Olivier / Laurence Olivier / Olivier = English actor best know for his Shakespearean roles
- Peter Seamus O'Toole / Peter O'Toole / O'Toole = British actor
- Sidney Poitier / Poitier = United States film actor and director
- Charles Robert Redford / Robert Redford / Redford = United States actor and filmmaker who starred with Paul Newman in several films
- Sir Ralph David Richardson / Ralph Richardson / Richardson = British stage and screen actor noted for playing classic roles
- Edward Goldenberg Robinson / Edward G. Robinson / Robinson = United States film actor noted for playing gangster roles
- George C. Scott / Scott = award-winning United States film actor
- Peter Sellers / Sellers = English comic actor
- Francis Albert Sinatra / Frank Sinatra / Sinatra = United States singer and film actor
- Otis Skinner / Skinner = United States actor
- Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky / Konstantin Sergeevich Alekseev / Konstantin Stanislavsky / Stanislavsky = Russian actor and theater director who trained his actors to emphasize the psychological motivation of their roles
- James Maitland Stewart / Jimmy Stewart / Stewart = United States film actor who portrayed incorruptible but modest heros
- Israel Strassberg / Lee Strasberg / Strasberg = United States actor and film director (born in Austria) who was a leader in developing method acting in the United States
- Erich von Stroheim / Stroheim = United States film actor (born in Austria)
- Spencer Tracy / Tracy = United States film actor who appeared in many films with Katharine Hepburn
- Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree / Tree = English actor and theatrical producer noted for his lavish productions of Shakespeare
- Peter Alexander Ustinov / Sir Peter Ustinov / Ustinov = British actor and playwright
- Duke Wayne / John Wayne / Wayne = United States film actor who played tough heroes
- George Orson Welles / Orson Welles / Welles = United States actor and filmmaker
Alternative definition of the noun thespian
- an actor or player
Definition of the adjective thespian
What does thespian mean as an attribute of a noun?
adjective - degrees: -
- of or relating to drama
- example: the movie director had thespian cooperation
- lexical domain: Relational Adjectives (pertainyms)
"Thespian" is a composition.
- music by Bryan Carrigan
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Thespian
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The Thespian Dictionary, Or, Dramatic Biography of the Present Age; Containing Sketches of the Lives, Lists of the Productions ... of All the Principal Dramatists, Composers, Commentators, Managers, Actors, and Actresses of the United Kingdom ... Forming a Complete Modern History of the English Stage (1805)
ADVERTISEMENT, THE 'cery flattering success of the first edition of TH; THESPIAN DICTIONARY has induced the Editor to rerise the work with peculiar attention, and, availing himself of those emendations which have been kindly pointed out ...
by Sir Leslie Stephen
Genest's Account of the English Stage ; Baker, Reed and Jones's Biographia Dramatica; Thespian Magazine and Literary Repositor; Thespian Dictionary; Gilliland's Dramatic Mirror ; Clark Russell's Representative Actors; New Monthly ...
Broadway,business, coulisse,dialogue, director, duologue, entr'acte,interval, libretto, overture,pass door,playgoer,producer, ring down, thespian, wardrobe, white out backlight,backstage,beginners, boxoffice,break aleg,chaperone,curtain up ...
Based Upon the Unabridged Dictionary of Noah Webster : with a Reference Library and Treasury of Facts by Noah Webster, Harry Thurston Peck
Thespian (thespian), adj. pertaining to Thespis, the founder of Greek drama: hence dramatic. [Greek.] theta (theta), n. the Greek th (6). theurglc (the-er'jik), adj. pertaining to theurgy or alleged magic. thews (thug), n.pl. muscles; strength. they ...
Thespian A master actor who can bring any role to.
by Sammy Cahn
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Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer
Thes'pls, Thespian. Dramatic.
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Video shows what Thespian means. A person from the ancient Greek city of Thespiae. Thespian Meaning. How to pronounce, definition audio dictionary. How to ...
- Thespian Meaning
Video shows what thespian means. Of, or relating to drama and acting; dramatic, theatrical.. Thespian Meaning. How to pronounce, definition audio dictionary.
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Scrabble value of T1H4E1S1P3I1A1N1
The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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