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title role

noun
1.
(in a play, opera, etc.) the role or character from which the title is derived: She sang the title role in Carmen.
Origin of title role
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • About twenty years later Mayo dramatized "Pudd'nhead Wilson" and played the title role delightfully.

  • How he would have liked to hear it, with Lenormand in the title role.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • Dustin Farnum has made the play famous by his creation of the title role.

    The Girl From Tim's Place Charles Clark Munn
  • But when Mr. Bacon, who also plays the title role, took it to the New York producers they refused it a try-out.

    How to Analyze People on Sight Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
  • In addition, his own performance in the title role was above all praise.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
British Dictionary definitions for title role

title role

noun
1.
the role of the character after whom a play, etc, is named
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