Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “understudy”

understudy

noun [C]     /ˈʌndəˌstʌdi/
an actor in the theatre who learns the words and actions of another character so that they can perform if the usual actor is sickOccupations and tradesCasting, roles and scripts
(Definition of understudy noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definitions of “understudy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

friendship

a situation in which two people are friends

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More