[ rohl ]
/ roʊl /
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.
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Origin of role
1600–10; < French rôle roll (as of paper) containing the actor's part
OTHER WORDS FROM rolemul·ti·role, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rolerole roll
Words nearby role
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British Dictionary definitions for multi-role
/ (rəʊl) /
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 for role
C17: from French rôle roll, an actor's script
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Medical definitions for multi-role
The characteristic and expected social behavior of an individual.
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