Definition of thespian in English:

thespian

adjective

formal, humorous
  • Relating to drama and the theater.

    ‘thespian talents’
    • ‘For these uniquely thespian presentations they sometimes receive great sums of money.’
    • ‘This wasn't the result of some sudden outbreak of thespian talent, but rather part of a science/art crossover project called Genes Talking.’
    • ‘No one in her family had ever displayed thespian leanings before.’
    • ‘So if you aren't too totally absorbed in thespian pleasures, listening up could deliver you some extremely interesting and quite timely information.’
    • ‘I wanted to argue, or display my thespian skill by claiming a dying relative or dire emergency.’
    • ‘So, is her daughter showing any early signs of following in her parents' thespian footsteps?’
    • ‘I don't envy anyone that thespian task, but she gets the job done superbly.’
    • ‘CEOs also tend to be rather hard-headed and pragmatic, while creative thespian types are probably a bit more sensitive.’
    • ‘Maya Maron, who plays the daughter who keeps the family from coming apart at the seams, has been singled out as a major new thespian talent in Israel, due to the strength of her performance here.’
    • ‘This year, she has appeared in a trio of movies and has failed to show any noteworthy thespian skills.’
    • ‘John Gielgud, along with his two contemporaries and friends, Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson, dominated the thespian scene for much of the 20th century.’
    • ‘His concentration on style, however, leaves us with an emotionally tinny thespian drama.’
    • ‘It's also a virtuoso display of theatrical pyrotechnics, though acting, in the thespian sense, doesn't get much of a look in.’
    • ‘Massey, who was raised in the old school of thespian behavior, thought that Dean's mood swings and prima donna behavior were unprofessional.’
    • ‘Then comes another barrier: that old thespian adage about never working with children or animals.’
    • ‘Actually, they said that it was my thespian talents that made them choose me, and they said that my voice was adequate, but they'd prefer it if I kept improving it.’
    • ‘Imperial prosperity produced audiences keen to sample thespian delights and able to afford to.’
    • ‘Ironically, the past few months could bring a fresh appreciation and attention to Kelly's thespian abilities.’
    • ‘They share a flat in Glasgow, while resting from thespian duties that somehow don't materialise.’
    • ‘Even so, she suffers simultaneously from that perennial thespian complaint of neuroticism fuelled by depressing self-doubt.’
    • ‘Growing up on the tough Lawrence Weston Estate in Bristol, thespian tendencies were not encouraged.’
    stage, dramatic, thespian, dramaturgical
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noun

formal, humorous
  • An actor or actress.

    • ‘‘We have art and music shows that would appeal to thespians, artists, children and families alike,’ said Joe Masterson of Hawk's Well Theatre.’
    • ‘The scene takes place in the barn, where Ned (played by David Marr) reveals to his fellow thespians that he is dying of the ‘pox.’’
    • ‘If you are in the Salt Lake City area, check with these thespians to see where they will be performing next.’
    • ‘In the current offering we have Brenda Blethyn as Mrs Warren, heading a cast of truly hard-working thespians.’
    • ‘Both thespians acquit themselves admirably, but it's how they function within the confines of the story that makes this an intense, fulfilling offering.’
    • ‘Daryl Hannah plays an earthbound angel, while Anthony Edwards is her erudite cohort and British thespian Robin Sachs is the master angel.’
    • ‘Aspiring young thespians from Listowel and its hinterland will be treading the boards of St John's Theatre and Arts Centre this Christmas holiday season.’
    • ‘Unlike many thespians Leslie has no formal acting training.’
    • ‘The four leads are not actors that instantly strike me as the master thespians of our age, and yet here they bring unique strengths and gifts to their characters.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, if these once mighty thespians can't give the performances of their lives, their future in show business is unimportant.’
    • ‘Most of Scotland's adult thespians have already auditioned for the show, shortlists have been drawn up, and the starring roles are due to be announced in the next few weeks.’
    • ‘Aspiring thespians can enrol for a series of acting workshops commencing on January 24, at the school of music and performing arts.’
    • ‘It's rousing good fun starring 30 young thespians.’
    • ‘Okay, so it's faint praise, but Driver has made the transition from actress to singer far more successfully than most thespians who have tried it.’
    • ‘And you haven't lived until you've heard British thespian Jim Broadbent croon ‘Like a Virgin.’’
    • ‘The budding thespians are currently working on The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare, which they will perform on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.’
    • ‘Budding young thespians auditioned in front of actor Neil Morrissey for the chance of a trip of a lifetime to Italy.’
    • ‘Experienced British thespians Brian Cox and Penelope Wilton have supporting roles as the matriarch and patriarch of the Hewitt clan.’
    • ‘Four young thespians are celebrating making giant strides in the world of acting after scooping top awards for drama.’
    • ‘‘Break a leg’ has been many an actor's goodwill wish to fellow thespians before the curtain rises.’
    entertainer, performer, trouper, showman, artist
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Origin

Late 17th century: from the name Thespis + -ian.

Pronunciation:

thespian

/ˈTHespēən/