noun por·tray·al \-ˈtrā(-ə)l\

: the act of showing or describing someone or something especially in a painting, book, etc.

: the way in which an actor plays a character

Full Definition of PORTRAYAL

:  the act or process or an instance of portraying :  representation
:  portrait

Examples of PORTRAYAL

  1. <his novel presents a moving portrayal of a woman searching for personal fulfillment and happiness>

First Known Use of PORTRAYAL

PORTRAYAL Defined for Kids


noun por·tray·al \pr-ˈtrā-əl\

Definition of PORTRAYAL for Kids

:  the act or result of showing in a portrait or describing in words or images <The movie is an accurate portrayal of her life.>


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