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variants or less commonly larp
plural LARPs also larps
: a live-action role-playing game in which a group of people enacts a fictional scenario (such as a fantasy adventure) in real time typically under the guidance of a facilitator or organizer
LARPers can dive into Marvel-, Harry Potter-, or pirate-themed events (to name a few), or select LARPs based on their … battle styles.Briana Shemroske
I've been to LARPs before where, when you show up, they make you put on garb. That is to say, they make you wear period-appropriate clothes …Margaret Killjoy
No matter what the LARP genre—espionage, historical reenactment, science fiction, swords and sorcery—the concept is the same.Ethan Gildsorf
also : the activity of participating in such games : larping entry 1
Live action role play, or larp, is a combination of re-enactment, storytelling and gaming—players are given a role and act out their character's actions within an overarching story. Tash Reith-Banks


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variants or less commonly larp
LARPed also larped; LARPing also larping; LARPs also larps

intransitive verb

: to engage in a live-action role-playing game : to participate in a LARP
But during the first time she LARPed, she found she could be someone else—or, perhaps, a braver version of herself.Court Mann
We wonder if sometimes people take their gaming too seriously when they LARP.Annalee Newitz

Examples of LARP in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
While minimizing pressure and interference in day-to-day school life, the project had to represent some of the actual LARP sessions. Savina Petkova, Variety, 11 Mar. 2024 Following the fire, Kate and Clint lose track of the Ronin suit, which winds up the hands of a firefighter who borrows it for an upcoming LARP. Chancellor Agard,, 24 Nov. 2021 Morrison’s attorney, Leonard Ballard, also pointed to his client’s powerlessness, saying Morrison was partaking in LARP — live-action role-playing — a role-playing activity in which participants dress the part of fictional characters complete with costumes and props. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 24 Oct. 2022 The sophisticated Nordic style of gaming—which takes cues from psychodrama and BDSM play, among other ideas, and encourages players to build complex societies and explore topics like consent rather than, say, try to win—inspired Wilk to run a LARP simulation of her story with experienced gamers. Michael Friedrich, The Atlantic, 25 July 2022 Over a week in November, more than 60 volcanologists from universities, research labs and the United States Geological Survey (USGS), among other organizations, got together and ran what might best be described as a big eruption live-action role play (or LARP in gaming parlance). Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 25 Nov. 2020 Slack thus becomes a way to LARP—Live Action Role Play—your job. Anne Helen Petersen, Wired, 21 Sep. 2020

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Word History



live-action role-playing


derivative of larp entry 1

First Known Use


1990, in the meaning defined above


1990, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of LARP was in 1990

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“LARP.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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