from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A character or part played by a performer.
- n. The characteristic and expected social behavior of an individual.
- n. A function or position. See Synonyms at function.
- n. Linguistics The function of a word or construction, as in a sentence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A character or part played by a performer or actor.
- n. The expected behaviour of an individual in a society.
- n. The function or position of something.
- n. : The function of a word in a phrase.
French rôle, from Old French rolle, roll of parchment (on which an actor's part was written), from Latin rotula, diminutive of rota, wheel; see roll.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French rôle. (Wiktionary)