Definition of thespian in English:


Line breaks: thes|pian
Pronunciation: /ˈθɛspɪən
formal or humorous


Relating to drama and the theatre: thespian talents
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  • His concentration on style, however, leaves us with an emotionally tinny thespian drama.
  • 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 wasn't the result of some sudden outbreak of thespian talent, but rather part of a science/art crossover project called Genes Talking.


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An actor or actress: an ageing thespian
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  • In the current offering we have Brenda Blethyn as Mrs Warren, heading a cast of truly hard-working thespians.
  • Budding young thespians auditioned in front of actor Neil Morrissey for the chance of a trip of a lifetime to Italy.
  • 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.


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

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