actress etymology

English word actress comes from English actor, English -ess (Suffix appended to words to make a female form.Examples:.)

Detailed word origin of actress

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
actor English (eng) (legal) An advocate or proctor in civil courts or causes.. (legal) One who institutes a suit; plaintiff or complainant.. (policy debate) One who enacts a certain policy action.. (software engineering) The entity that performs a role (in use case analysis).. A person who performs in a theatrical play or film.. One who acts; a doer.. One who takes part in a situation.
-ess English (eng) Suffix appended to words to make a female form.Examples:.
actress English (eng) (now, _, rare) A female doer or "actor" (in a general sense). [from 16th c.]. A female who performs on the stage or in films. [from 17th c.].

Words with the same origin as actress

Descendants of -ess
baroness heiress priestess princess stewardess waitress