Definitions for roleroʊl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


or rôle

  1. a part or character played by an actor, singer, or other performer.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. the proper or customary function of a person or thing.

  3. the rights, obligations, and expected behavior patterns associated with a particular social status.

    Category: Sociology

Origin of role:

1600–10; < F rôleroll (as of paper) containing the actor's part

Princeton's WordNet

  1. function, office, part, role(noun)

    the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group

    "the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role"

  2. character, role, theatrical role, part, persona(noun)

    an actor's portrayal of someone in a play

    "she played the part of Desdemona"

  3. function, purpose, role, use(noun)

    what something is used for

    "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"

  4. role(noun)

    normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting

    "what is your role on the team?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. role(noun)ʊl

    the function or responsibilities that sb or sth has in a particular situation or group

    Translation is one of the things I do in my role as a tour guide.; Local churches have an important/major/key role in caring for AIDS patients.; The military will play a peace-keeping role in this mission.

  2. roleʊl

    an acting part in a play or movie

    She plays the role of the mother.


  1. role(Noun)

    A character or part played by a performer or actor.

  2. role(Noun)

    The expected behaviour of an individual in a society.

    The role of women has changed significantly in the last century.

  3. role(Noun)

    The function or position of something.

    Local volunteers played an important role in cleaning the beach after the oil spill.

  4. role(Noun)

    : The function of a word in a phrase.

  5. Origin: From rôle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Role(noun)

    a part, or character, performed by an actor in a drama; hence, a part of function taken or assumed by any one; as, he has now taken the role of philanthropist


  1. Role

    A role or social role is a set of connected behaviours, rights, obligations, beliefs, and norms as conceptualised by actors in a social situation. It is an expected or free or continuously changing behaviour and may have a given individual social status or social position. It is vital to both functionalist and interactionist understandings of society. Social role posits the following about social behaviour: ⁕The division of labour in society takes the form of the interaction among heterogeneous specialised positions, we call roles. ⁕Social roles included appropriate and permitted forms of behaviour, guided by social norms, which are commonly known and hence determine the expectations for appropriate behaviour in these roles. ⁕Roles are occupied by individuals, who are called actors. ⁕When individuals approve of a social role, they will incur costs to conform to role norms, and will also incur costs to punish those who violate role norms. ⁕Changed conditions can render a social role outdated or illegitimate, in which case social pressures are likely to lead to role change.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Role

    The expected and characteristic pattern of behavior exhibited by an individual as a member of a particular social group.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'role' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #496

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'role' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1118

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'role' in Nouns Frequency: #169

Anagrams of role

  1. lore, Orel, orle, relo

  2. lore

  3. relo

  4. orle

  5. Orel

Translations for role

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a part played by an actor or actress in a play etc

He is playing the r; ôle of King Lear.

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