type·​cast | \ ˈtīp-ˌkast How to pronounce typecast (audio) \
typecast; typecasting

Definition of typecast

transitive verb

1 : to cast (an actor or actress) in a part calling for the same characteristics as those possessed by the performer
2 : to cast (an actor or actress) repeatedly in the same type of role

Examples of typecast in a Sentence

Her television work typecast her as a helpless victim.
Recent Examples on the Web Green, often typecast as witches and femmes fatales, here takes on a too-rare leading role devoid of any such fantastical trappings and emerges with one of the strongest performances of her career. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Eva Green is at her best in the deeply stirring astronaut drama ‘Proxima’," 5 Nov. 2020 But despite her accomplishments, men in the film and television industries still tried to typecast her. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, "Podcast: Women of the Century became the role models they lacked," 27 Aug. 2020 The house long has been typecast as a den of iniquity, a fantasy hideout for rappers like Snoop Dogg and G-Eazy in their music videos or pornographer Jackie Treehorn in The Big Lebowski. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Peculiar Life of the Man in the 'Big Lebowski' House: An NBA Superfan’s Wild L.A. Mansion," 12 Mar. 2020 True, he was typecast ― as a driver ― but Bernie Martin clearly left his mark on the creative community. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Martin Scorsese dedicates ‘The Irishman’ to a friend from Towson," 11 Dec. 2019 John is still into Bulgaria and piano-playing, has survived a nasty fall from a horse, and resents having been typecast as a Tory toff. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "“63 Up” and the Child in All of Us," 27 Nov. 2019 Yet the item has steadfastly refused to be typecast. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "The woke shopper’s one-item Zen gift guide," 23 Nov. 2019 But Zima was typecast as a girly drink, with all the virility of a white wine cooler. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Hard seltzer is this summer’s biggest scam," 20 Aug. 2019 The projects pay roughly $10,000 for about a month’s work every year or so, and often give Ms. Micucci the chance to extend her range after years of being typecast as the quirky sidekick. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, "Is Peak TV Really a Bonanza for Female Comics? That’s a Laugh," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of typecast

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of typecast was in 1927

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“Typecast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typecast. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of typecast

: to always give (an actor or actress) the same kind of role : to cause people to think that (an actor or actress) should always play the same kind of role

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