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From French rôle, from Middle French rolle, from Old French role, from Medieval Latin rotulus, diminutive from rota (“wheel”) + -ulus, from Proto-Italic *rotā, from Proto-Indo-European *Hróth₂-eh₂, from *Hreth₂- (“to run”).
- enPR: rōl
- IPA(key): /ɹəʊl/
role (plural roles)
- A character or part played by a performer or actor.
- My neighbor was the lead role in last year’s village play.
- Her dream was to get a role in a Hollywood movie, no matter how small.
- The expected behaviour of an individual in a society.
- The role of women has changed significantly in the last century.
- The function or position of something.
- Local volunteers played an important role in cleaning the beach after the oil spill.
- What rôle does the wax in your earhole fulfill?
- Designation that denotes an associated set of responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and attitudes
- The project manager role is responsible for ensuring that everyone on the team knows and executes his or her assigned tasks.
- (grammar) The function of a word in a phrase.
- (object-oriented programming) In the Raku programming language, a code element akin to an interface, used for composition of classes without adding to their inheritance chain.
- (historical) An ancient unit of quantity, 72 sheets of parchment.