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title role

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n title role the role of the character after whom the play is named
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The title role of Dirty Harry, 1971, was originally intended for Frank Sinatra. After he refused, it was offered to John Wayne, and then Paul Newman, finally being accepted by Clint Eastwood.
    • Title rôle the part, or character, which gives the title to a play, as the part of Hamlet in the play of that name.
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Usage

In literature:

As the title implies, Miss Carroll's role is that of a gay, rollicking, mischievous, heartless coquette.
"Whirligigs" by O. Henry
Such is his title, his personality and role.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
His play was recalled, and Adelaide Melhuish's success in the title-role.
"The Postmaster's Daughter" by Louis Tracy
In the year 1810 his opera "Sylvana" had been sung, as I have said, with Caroline Brandt in the title role.
"The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 1" by Rupert Hughes
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" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
Niemann, cast in an heroic mould, had been secured for the title-role.
"Life of Wagner" by Louis Nohl
It chanced to be Carmen, with Calve in the title role.
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer
The title-role is, however, the only good one, and as a whole the play is heavy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
Originally played by Mary Mannering, who created the title role.
"The Girl From Tim's Place" by Charles Clark Munn
Value theory, with all the value left out, is like Hamlet with no actor for the title role.
"The Value of Money" by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
The title-role, unfortunately, is not the only part which has been wrongly cast.
"Shakespeare in the Theatre" by William Poel
We are now introduced, at the opening of the second act, to the actor of the title role, the keen-witted, reckless parasite, Phormio.
"Studies in the Poetry of Italy, I. Roman" by Frank Justus Miller
I have the title-role.
"The Long Lane's Turning" by Hallie Erminie Rives
Sometimes we walked quietly to Glover's Theatre, especially if there was a play like "Rob Roy," with the great Mackay in the title role.
"All the Days of My Life: An Autobiography" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Later, the title role was sung in Paris by Mlles.
"My Recollections" by Jules Massenet
Having done so, he appeared in the role of his saviour and made him his confidential clerk with the title of secretary.
"The Red Room" by August Strindberg
Indeed, the jail filled the title role in the educational cast of that day.
"A Ten Year War" by Jacob A. Riis
Schroeder-Devrient sang the title role, her success in it was sensational.
"The Complete Opera Book" by Gustav Kobbé
Lischen and Hannes were to hear him in 'Figaro's Hochzeit,' the title-role of which was one of his great parts.
"The Life of Johannes Brahms (Vol 1 of 2)" by Florence May
Basil Derby, has the title role.
"Local Color" by Irvin S. Cobb
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In news:

Simon Keenlyside in the title role of Ambroise Thomas's Hamlet at the Metropolitan Opera House, March 12, 2010 (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera).
Eric Owens sings the title role as John Alexander launches his 41st season.
During the 2011-12 season, baritone Brancoveanu has performed the title role in Shostakovich's rarely performed opera, "Orango," with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
The gift is music, and Jordin Sparks, in the title role, wants to make music her career.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays the title role in the video-game inspired adventure 'Prince of Persia : The Sands of Time'.
Popper 's Penguins,' starring funnyman Jim Carrey in the title role.
After 16 years with the company, 11 of those in leading roles, Ochoa will retire from the stage after dancing the title role in Giselle, the ballet's season-opening production.
Jessica Chastain doesn't shine in the title role in 'The Heiress' and that's OK. MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer.
Debbie Spradling loves the musical "Hello Dolly," so much that this weekend marks her third time in the show and her second in the title role .
Jamie Foxx Now Quentin Tarantino's Frontrunner for Title Role of 'Django Unchained'.
Mattila sings the title role of Tosca for the first time outside her native Finland, opposite Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has canceled its performance of Puccini's " Tosca " at Carnegie Hall tonight because of the illness of Carol Vaness, who was to sing the title role.
Race engineer for Jimmie Johnson's five Cup titles moves into role at JR Motorsports.
Adrian Scarborough as George Tesman and Sheridan Smith in the title role in ''Hedda Gabler.
Derek Jacobi plays the title role, directed by Michael Grandage.
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In science:

In answer to the question posed in the title of this contribution, it is now becoming clear that stellar winds do play a decisive role in feeding Seyferts.
Do stellar winds play a decisive role in feeding AGN?
In all these cases the notions from the title play the crucial role.
Geometrical equivalence, geometrical similarity and geometrical compatibility of algebras
The above preamble is relevant to the subsequent discussion of Ref. because of the crucial role of CEM in Einstein’s formulation of SRT, in the paper with the title ‘On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies’.
The physics of space and time II: A reassessment of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper
The title of a document has two roles, to give a compact summary and to lead the reader to read the document.
Analysis of Titles and Readers For Title Generation Centered on the Readers
To make the title play its second role properly, it is indispensable to clarify the content (“what to say”) and wording (“how to say”) of titles that are effective to attract the target reader’s interest.
Analysis of Titles and Readers For Title Generation Centered on the Readers
It is preferable that a title plays both roles, because the reader may be disappointed with a gap between the title and the document if the title plays the former role poorly, and the reader may not read the document if the title plays the latter role poorly.
Analysis of Titles and Readers For Title Generation Centered on the Readers
To make generated titles play their latter role properly, it is not sufficient to look into only the author’s document.
Analysis of Titles and Readers For Title Generation Centered on the Readers
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