Role meaning

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A function or position.
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A function or office assumed by someone.

An advisory role.

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The part assumed by a participant in role-playing or in a role-playing game.
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The characteristic and expected social behavior of an individual.
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(grammar): The function of a word in a phrase.
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The definition of a role is a part or character someone performs or the function or position of a person.

An example of a role is the character of the nurse in Romeo and Juliet.

An example of a role is doing accounting for a business.

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A part, or character, that an actor plays in a performance.
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The role of women has changed significantly in the last century.

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The function or position of something.

Local volunteers played an important role in cleaning the beach after the oil spill.

What rôle does the wax in your earhole fulfill?

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The project manager role is responsible for ensuring that everyone on the team knows and executes his or her assigned tasks.

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The function of a word or construction, as in a sentence.
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A character or part played by a performer.
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The characteristic and expected social behavior of an individual.
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A character or part played by a performer or actor.

My neighbor was the lead role in last year's village play.

Her dream was to get a role in a Hollywood movie, no matter how small.

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Origin of role

  • French rôle from Old French rolle roll of parchment (on which an actor's part was written) from Latin rotula diminutive of rota wheel roll

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French rôle.

    From Wiktionary