- a part or character played by an actor or actress.
- proper or customary function: the teacher's role in society.
- Sociology. the rights, obligations, and expected behavior patterns associated with a particular social status.
Origin of role
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Examples from the Web for role
Genetics alone does not an eating disorder make, generally speaking, and Bulik points out that environment still plays a role.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
“I have to think her body type played a role,” said Rachel Greenblatt, a Lecturer in Jewish Studies at Harvard University.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
Acting legend talks about what role is closest to her heart.Gena Rowlands on Her Favorite ‘Woman’
The Daily Beast Video
January 3, 2015
David Prowse, the actor who portrayed Darth Vader, wished to come back but had to turn down the role because of ill health.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)
January 3, 2015
The role of private investigators has stirred controversy in the investigation.U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years
January 2, 2015
At forty if a man chooses to assume the role of Orlando he does it to perfection.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Perhaps in desperation you may assume the role of cook yourself.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
They have made the prelude, and the importance of their role has passed.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
His role was that of the deeply respectful "brother artist."The Incomplete Amorist
If he had learned his role by heart, he could not have played it better.The Middle Class Gentleman
- a part or character in a play, film, etc, to be played by an actor or actress
- psychol the part played by a person in a particular social setting, influenced by his expectation of what is appropriate
- usual or customary functionwhat is his role in the organization?
Word Origin and History for role
"part or character one takes," c.1600, from French rôle "part played by a person in life," literally "roll (of paper) on which an actor's part is written," from Old French rolle (see roll (n.)). Meaning "function performed characteristically by someone" is from 1875. In the social psychology sense from 1913. Role model first attested 1957.
- The characteristic and expected social behavior of an individual.