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title role

(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
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Two dreams beset him in his momentary slumber—one of a play in which the title-role of the general manager was always unfilled.

  • Niemann, cast in an heroic mould, had been secured for the title-role.

    Life of Wagner Louis Nohl
British Dictionary definitions for title-role

title role

the role of the character after whom a play, etc, is named
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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