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.

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Moreno’s early career was defined by disappointment, since she was always being typecast in generically ethnic roles. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Why Rita Moreno Almost Quit Show Business," 28 June 2019 Democrats have made a strategic decision to typecast Mr. Trump and anyone who supports him as hostile to immigration and therefore racist, in the expectation that some voters will recoil. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Beyond MAGA Hats," 23 Jan. 2019 Brosnan doesn't want his painting to be typecast, and so his art is all over the place. Drew Magary, GQ, "Pierce Brosnan Has Found Beauty and Inspiration During Our Helltimes," 16 May 2018 Perhaps the tirade was the motive for underlings to typecast her as some sort of mole for the dwindling ranks of the president’s Republican enemies. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "DHS Secretary Nielsen is Not MAGA Enough for Trump’s White House," 11 May 2018 This has been written before, but Chicago hip-hop is often typecast into two camps: drill rap (typically associated with Chief Keef) and not-drill rap (typically associated with Chance the Rapper and his affiliates). Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "CupcakKe pops with raucous and funny sex raps: 'There’s a lot to talk about outside of picking up a pistol’," 15 Feb. 2018 But in all that success the Kia brand has become a bit shopworn, typecast as down-market and generic. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Kia Stinger GT2: The Best German Car to Come Out of South Korea," 6 Apr. 2018 But Bruhl was initially typecast in his native Germany: After his breakout role as a son caring for a frail mother in Good Bye, Lenin!, Bruhl said he was primarily tapped to play nice guys like his Lenin! Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Daniel Bruhl Became Hollywood's Every Countryman," 16 Mar. 2018 With Warren, Trump is trying to typecast a potential 2020 rival. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "There's a whiff of birtherism in Trump's 'Pocahantas' attacks," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of typecast

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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