Definition of tragedienne in US English:



  • An actress who specializes in tragic roles.

    • ‘She was regarded as a tragedienne and often compared to great actresses of the day.’
    • ‘However, she was also a tragedienne not only on-screen, but, sadly, off-screen as well.’
    • ‘She was a glamorous loser, a musical comedy tragedienne, a mixture of frivolity and misfortune.’
    • ‘In any genre where a happy ending is not only not guaranteed, but almost forbidden, one is likely to find a Tragedienne.’
    • ‘Her skills as a tragedienne come forward in Rigoletto and even more so in La traviata, where she is an unforgettably poignant Violetta.’


Mid 19th century: from French tragédienne, feminine of tragédien.