toggle menu
1000+ books


used in a sentence
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition the principal character in a work of fiction

or more rarely:

an important supporter of someone or something
  • the famous protagonist, Harry Potter
  • an unlikely and unlikable protagonist
  • Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.
    Norman Mailer
  • A criminal trial is like a Russian novel: it starts with exasperating slowness as the characters are introduced to a jury, then there are complications in the form of minor witnesses, the protagonist finally appears and...
    Clifford Irving
  • There is a psychological school called "Behaviourists," of whom the protagonist is Professor John B. Watson...
    Russell, Bertrand  --  The Analysis of Mind
  • Ironically, the greatest triumph for both, protagonists was the time they were forced to cooperate during the goblin insurgence.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Pattyn, the protagonist in this book, comes to love rural Nevada, where the spirit of the Old West lives on in its people.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • "I understand the protagonist is not doing very well," the professor said, grimly.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • If I had used Terminator Two, where the protagonist is a gun, I wouldn't have got those results.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • He was always one of the protagonists, but always, as in almost everything he did, a secret protagonist.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • She could have had no such experience at all, and there was neither reason for the scene nor any possible protagonist: he knew that she knew that.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Downtrodden Americans gravitated strongly toward the Horatio Alger protagonist, the lowly bred Everyman who rises from anonymity and hopelessness.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • And you look like a protagonist.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • The three chief protagonists in the Washington drama of 1850 had been colleagues in Congress as far back as 1813.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The protagonist was a Jew, and he was presented in a positive light.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Helen, once a peripheral figure in these discussions, became the epicenter, instigator, and protagonist.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • After Aisha introduced the protagonist, Safiya provided the setting and central conflict, and Nademah took it from there.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • "Check this out," he said, and showed her a sequence from an action movie where, instead of Bruce Willis, the protagonist now seemed to be Francis Garaventa.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Besides, I thought, male novelists write about female protagonists all the time, so I will write about men.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • It says Hiro Protagonist Last of the Freelance Hackers Greatest swordfighter in the world Stringer, Central Intelligence Corporation.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list —®Wikipedia Article
Search for other examples by interest
General — Google News®
General — Time® Magazine
General — Wikipedia®
Architecture — Google® books - Architecture
Business — Bloomberg®
Business — The Economist®
Classic Literature — Google® books - Classical Literature
Engineering — Google® books - Engineering
Engineering — Popular Mechanics®
Engineering — Discover Magazine®
Fine Arts & Music — Google® books - Art
History — Google® books - History
Human Behavior — Google® books - Psychology
Human Behavior — Psychology Today®
Law — FindLaw®
Law — Google® books - Law
Logic & Reasoning — Google® books - Reasoning
Medicine — Web MD®
Medicine — Google® books - Medicine
Nature & Ecology — National Geographic®
Nature & Ecology — Google® books - Nature
Personal Finance — Kiplinger® (Personal Finance)
Philosophy — Google® books - Philosophy
Public Policy & Politics — Newsweek®
Public Policy & Politics — Real Clear Politics®
Public Policy & Politics — Google® books - Politics
Religion & Spirtuality — Google® books - Religion
Religion - Christianity — Bible Gateway®
Religion - Christianity — Google® books - Christianity
Science — Popular Science®
Science — Scientific American®
Science — Google® books - Science
Sports — Sports Illustrated®