or rôle

[ 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.

Origin of role

1600–10; < French rôle roll (as of paper) containing the actor's part

Related forms

mul·ti·role, adjective

Can be confused

role roll Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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Medicine definitions for role



The characteristic and expected social behavior of an individual.

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