Definition of role in English:

role

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Pronunciation: /rəʊl
 
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(also rôle)

noun

1An actor’s part in a play, film, etc. Dietrich’s role as a wife in war-torn Paris
More example sentences
  • The film also uses actors not known for quality feature film acting or stage roles.
  • Most of the major roles were cast with actors I already knew and with whom I had acted earlier in my career.
  • Last she got to play varied kind of roles in films like Kastoorimaan where she had an author-backed role.
Synonyms
part, character; title role; bit part, walk-on part, non-speaking part
1.1The function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation: the equipment will play a vital role in the fight against cancer
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  • She stopped everything to care for her mother and assumed the caregiver role in the domestic sphere.
  • What part of ourselves was lost when we assumed our respective roles?
  • During the first part of Hals's career the militia companies continued to play a vital role in the defence of each city.
Synonyms

Origin

early 17th century: from obsolete French roule 'roll', referring originally to the roll of paper on which the actor's part was written.

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