role reversal

(noun) A situation in which people exchange roles to perform the role of a role partner or “the other.”

Example: An elderly parent is taken care of by their child or a student starts to teach classes.

Audio Pronunciation: (role re·ver·sal)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: role reversals
  • The terms role reversal and social role reversal are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Variant form: role-reversal
  • Role reversal used in a sentence: I enjoyed the role reversal when my teacher let me teach class for a day.

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