role ( roles plural )
1 n-count If you have a role in a situation or in society, you have a particular position and function in it.
with supp, oft N in/of/as n
...the drug's role in preventing more serious effects of infection..., Both sides have roles to play.
2 n-count A role is one of the characters that an actor or singer can play in a film, play, or opera. usu with supp She has just landed the lead role in The Young Vic's latest production...
role model ( role models plural ) A role model is someone you admire and try to imitate. n-count
Five out of the ten top role models for British teenagers are black.
role play ( role plays plural & 3rd person present) ( role playing present participle) ( role played past tense & past participle ) , role-play
1 n-var Role play is the act of imitating the character and behaviour of someone who is different from yourself, for example as a training exercise.
Group members have to communicate with each other through role-play.
2 verb If people role play, they do a role play.
Rehearse and role-play the interview with a friend beforehand. V n, Also V
role playing n-uncount
We did a lot of role playing.
role reversal ( role reversals plural ) Role reversal is a situation in which two people have chosen or been forced to exchange their duties and responsibilities, so that each is now doing what the other used to do. n-var
...men who have undertaken the most extreme role reversal and become house-husbands.
title role ( title roles plural ) The title role in a play or film is the role referred to in the name of the play or film. n-count the N
My novel `The Rector's Wife' is being adapted for TV, with Lindsay Duncan in the title role.