protagonist


pro·tag·o·nist

noun \prō-ˈta-gə-nist\

: the main character in a novel, play, movie, etc.

: an important person who is involved in a competition, conflict, or cause

Full Definition of PROTAGONIST

1
a :  the principal character in a literary work (as a drama or story)
b :  a leading actor, character, or participant in a literary work or real event
2
:  a leader, proponent, or supporter of a cause :  champion

Examples of PROTAGONIST

  1. She was a leading protagonist in the civil rights movement.
  2. <Milton Friedman is usually cited as the leading American protagonist of monetarism.>
  3. Badlands has two protagonists and Days of Heaven four (though both movies are rich in colorful minor roles). —Richard Alleva, Commonweal, 12 Mar. 1999

Origin of PROTAGONIST

Greek prōtagōnistēs, from prōt- prot- + agōnistēs competitor at games, actor, from agōnizesthai to compete, from agōn contest, competition at games — more at agony
First Known Use: 1671

Other Literature Terms

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