• WordNet 3.6
    • adj thespian of or relating to drama "the movie director had thespian cooperation"
    • n thespian a theatrical performer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Thespian Of or pertaining to Thespis; hence, relating to the drama; dramatic; as, the Thespian art.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • thespian Of or relating to Thespis, a semi-legendary Greek poet of Icaria in Attica, often called the father of tragedy; relating or pertaining to dramatic acting in general; dramatic; tragic: as, the Thespian art, the drama. The great impulse given to the drama by Thespis consisted in the adjunction to the old dithyrambic chorus of Dionysus of a single actor who might appear successively in several rôles. The first public contest of Thespis is assigned to the year 536 b. c.
    • n thespian An actor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Thespian thes′pi-an pertaining to tragedy: tragic.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From L. Thespis, Gr. , the founder of the Greek drama
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. Thespis, founder of the Greek drama.


In literature:

Broadway was full of loafing thespians in search of next season's engagements.
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
Oh Adrien, my Thespian, my Love.
"Bab: A Sub-Deb" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
The Thespians kneeling bid them farewell.
"The Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan" by William Schwenk Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
The Thespian army had no need of a recruiting-sergeant or a press-gang to reinforce its ranks.
"A Book of the Play" by Dutton Cook
From Boeotia, of Thespians seven hundred; and of Thebans, four hundred.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
He roofed our Thespian temple with Irish slate.
"Masques & Phases" by Robert Ross
At college you were one of the most persistent Thespians we had, and one of the worst.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VII. (of X.)" by Various
Yet I am vain that I'm the first star here To shine upon this Thespian hemisphere.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
According to him, the fountain was near a village called Donacon, in the country of the Thespians.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Some way he always seemed to belong to the strolling Thespians who were his mother's people.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather

In news:

History of Missouri's newspapers coming to Thespian Hall in Boonville.
Best Performance by a Thespian .
Auriemma plays comic thespian at alumni benefit.
Weighty issues for comic thespians.
It's one thing to appear on film as the subject of a documentary, but it's another thing completely to expose your inner thespian on stage, live.
It was rather last-minute notice that Gig Harbor High School thespians would be in dress rehearsal Monday.
The Rockmart High School Thespians one-act play "When You Comin Back" won the 3A State Championship in Milledgeville on Nov 3.
The WHS Speech and Theatre Department and Thespian Troupe 1669 are performing Murder in the Cathedral , a Nobel-prize winning play for literature by T.S.
Shia LaBeouf might be some sort of weird thespian genius.
Kim Cattrall surprised a group of aspiring thespians Monday by popping up in their Columbia University Shakespearean acting workshop.
Admission is free, although donations for the desserts are welcome and encouraged to support the theater arts program and GHS chapter of the International Thespian Society.
Are you a Thespian alum.
Thespians are also parents, workers.
Northwestern State University hosts the 2012 Louisiana Thespian Festival Jan 27-28 in the A.A. Fredericks Center for Creative and Performing Arts.
An examination of the dozen African American thespians who excelled in their craft on Hollywood's biggest night.