- The definition of an understudy is an actor who learns the role of another actor and who performs when that actor is unable.
An example of an understudy is an actor who learns the star part in the play but who only gets to perform it when the real star can't perform because he has a cold.
understudy definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. understudies
- an actor who learns the part of another actor so as to serve as a substitute when necessary
- any person who learns the duties of another so as to serve as a substitute
understudy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb un·der·stud·ied, un·der·stud·y·ing, un·der·stud·ies verb, transitive
- To study or know (a role) so as to be able to replace the regular performer when required.
- To act as an understudy to.
To be engaged in studying a role so as to be able to replace the regular performer when required.noun pl. un·der·stud·ies
- A performer who understudies.
- A person trained to do the work of another.