from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Enthralled by the theater or intensely eager for a career in acting.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Smitten with a love for the stage; possessed by a passion for the drama; seized by a passionate desire to become an actor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Fascinated by the stage; seized by a passionate desire to become an actor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective infatuated with or enthralled by the theater especially the desire to act


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