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walk-on

[wawk-on, -awn]
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noun
  1. Also called walking part. a small part in a play or other entertainment, especially one without speaking lines.Compare bit2(def 6).
  2. an entertainer or actor who plays such a part.
  3. an athlete trying out for a team who has not been drafted, specifically invited, scouted, awarded a scholarship, etc.

Origin of walk-on

First recorded in 1900–05; noun use of verb phrase walk on
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walk-on

noun
    1. a small part in a play or theatrical entertainment, esp one without any lines
    2. (as modifier)a walk-on part
adjective
  1. (of an aircraft or air service) having seats to be booked immediately before departure rather than in advance
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Word Origin and History for walk-on

n.

"minor non-speaking role," 1902, theatrical slang. Meaning "actor who has such a part" is attested from 1946. The sports team sense is recorded from 1974.

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