portrayal

noun por·tray·al \ -ˈtrā(-ə)l \

Definition of portrayal

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

Examples of portrayal in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of portrayal

1843


PORTRAYAL Defined for English Language Learners

portrayal

noun

Definition of portrayal for English Language Learners

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

  • : the way in which an actor plays a character


PORTRAYAL Defined for Kids

portrayal

noun por·tray·al \ pȯr-ˈtrā-əl \

Definition of portrayal for Students

: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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