Walkon

walk-on

[wawk-on, -awn]
noun
1.
Also called walking part. a small part in a play or other entertainment, especially one without speaking lines. Compare bit2 ( def 6 ).
2.
an entertainer or actor who plays such a part.
3.
an athlete trying out for a team who has not been drafted, specifically invited, scouted, awarded a scholarship, etc.

Origin:
1900–05; noun use of verb phrase walk on

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walk-on
 
n
1.  a.  a small part in a play or theatrical entertainment, esp one without any lines
 b.  (as modifier): a walk-on part
 
adj
2.  (of an aircraft or air service) having seats to be booked immediately before departure rather than in advance

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walk-on
"minor non-speaking role," 1902, theatrical slang. Meaning "Actor who has such a part" is attested from 1946. The sports team sense is recorded from 1974.
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