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title role

(in a play, opera, etc.) the role or character from which the title is derived: She sang the title role in Carmen.
Origin of title role
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Originally played by Mary Mannering, who created the title role.

  • Originally played by Mary Mannering,who created the title role.

    At the Time Appointed A. Maynard Barbour
  • How he would have liked to hear it, with Lenormand in the title role.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • In addition, his own performance in the title role was above all praise.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • I remember seeing him in the title role in "Julius Caesar," and a capital performance it was.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
British Dictionary definitions for title role

title role

the role of the character after whom a play, etc, is named
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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