role Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “role” in the English Dictionary

"role" in British English

See all translations

rolenoun [C]

uk   /rəʊl/  us   /roʊl/

role noun [C] (DUTY)

B2 the ​position or ​purpose that someone or something has in a ​situation, ​organization, ​society, or ​relationship: What is his role in this ​project? Schools play an ​important role insociety. Six ​people have been put on ​trial for ​their role (= ​involvement) in the anti-government ​demonstrations.
More examples

role noun [C] (ACTING)

B1 an actor's ​part in a ​film or ​play: She's got a leading/​supporting role in the ​schoolplay. She plays the role of a ​crookedlawyer.
More examples
(Definition of role from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"role" in American English

See all translations

rolenoun [C]

 us   /roʊl/

role noun [C] (DUTY)

the duty or use that someone or something usually has or is ​expected to have: Bouchard ​hopes to ​play a ​pivotal/​major/​key role in Quebec’s ​future.

role noun [C] (REPRESENTATION)

the ​person whom an ​actorrepresents in a ​movie or ​play: Astin ​plays the role of Radford, the store’s ​owner.
(Definition of role from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “role”
in Arabic دَوْر…
in Korean (극이나 영화의) 배역, 역할…
in Portuguese papel…
in Catalan paper…
in Japanese (芝居や映画の)役, (果たすべき)役割, 役目…
in Chinese (Simplified) 职责, 地位, 作用…
in Turkish görev, rol, yer…
in Russian роль…
in Chinese (Traditional) 職責, 地位, 作用…
in Italian ruolo, parte…
in Polish rola…
What is the pronunciation of role?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


a large tree with leaves divided into five parts and large round nuts that can be eaten

Word of the Day