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[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.
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 function: what is his role in the organization?

“part or character one takes,” c.1600, from French rôle “part played by a person in life,” literally “roll (of paper) on which an actor’s part is written,” from Old French rolle (see roll (n.)). Meaning “function performed characteristically by someone” is from 1875. In the social psychology sense from 1913. Role model first attested 1957.

role or rôle (rōl)
The characteristic and expected social behavior of an individual.


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