walk-on

play
noun \ ˈwȯk-ˌȯn , -ˌän \

Definition of walk-on

1 :a minor part (as in a dramatic production); also :an actor having such a part
2 :a college athlete who tries out for an athletic team without having been recruited or offered a scholarship

First Known Use of walk-on

1902


WALK-ON Defined for English Language Learners

walk-on

play
noun

Definition of walk-on for English Language Learners

  • : a minor part in a play or movie

  • : a college athlete who tries to become a member of an athletic team without having been asked to join or given a scholarship


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