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

Examples of walk-on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Counting walk-ons, there are 17 players on the roster. Gary Bedore, Kansas City Star, 3 June 2024 Also returning are walk-ons Justin Cross, Wilder Evers, Patrick Cassidy and Dillon Wilhite for a total of 17 players. Gary Bedore, Kansas City Star, 2 June 2024 Ferrari, a 6-foot guard who attended Francis Parker High School and was a first team all-section selection, is returning home as a walk-on. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2024 The night will include a live auction with luxury items — and a walk-on role in Emily in Paris — and fashion show by Carine Roitfeld as well. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 23 May 2024 The Star was told by a source that Shelby will start his KU career as a walk-on. Gary Bedore, Kansas City Star, 20 May 2024 That's a decade of messy celebrity gag games, classroom instrument pop music and walk-on music by the legendary Roots crew. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 14 May 2024 The evening included a live auction and one item caught Shelton’s eye—a walk-on role in a future movie alongside actor Mark Wahlberg. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 13 May 2024 The country superstar bid on, and won, a walk-on role for a future Mark Wahlberg movie. Mark Gray, Peoplemag, 11 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of walk-on was in 1902

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“Walk-on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walk-on. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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