central casting


Definition of central casting

: the department of a movie studio responsible for casting actors especially viewed as a source of people who are stereotypical of their role in appearance, behavior, or nature a politician right out of central casting

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Kaori is an entrepreneurial psychic, and Chet a bully out of central casting whose cruel act leads to Virgil’s predicament and his guinea pig’s too. Susan Faust, San Francisco Chronicle, "Roundup of children’s books," 24 Feb. 2018 Hay is right out of central casting for the role of Hollywood naturalist. Brett Mcnish, Smithsonian, "A Smithsonian Horticulturist Goes on a Quest for an Historic Seedling," 15 Feb. 2018 The tall, curly-haired brunette stands out; central casting circa 1935 would have hired her to play the role of feisty female archaeologist in some exotic locale. Jude Isabella, Smithsonian, "How Japan’s Bear-Worshipping Indigenous Group Fought Its Way to Cultural Relevance," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of central casting

1941, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of central casting

informal : the department at a movie company that chooses which actor will play each part

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