(1564-1616) an English writer of plays and poems, born in Stratford-on-Avon in England, who most people regard as the greatest of all English writers. His many famous plays include the tragediesRomeo and Juliet,Julius Caesar,Hamlet,Macbeth,Othello, and King Lear; thecomedies AMidsummer Night's DreamTwelfth Night, and As You Like It; and the historical plays Richard III and Henry V. Many well-known English sayings come from Shakespeare's work, and he had a great influence on the English language and English literature. Shakespeare also wrote poetry, including the Sonnets, and worked as an actor at the Globe Theatre in London.
• a famous Shakespearean actor
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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