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noun mod·el \ˈmä-dəl\

Simple Definition of model

  • : a usually small copy of something

  • : a particular type or version of a product (such as a car or computer)

  • : a set of ideas and numbers that describe the past, present, or future state of something (such as an economy or a business)

Full Definition of model

  1. 1 obsolete :  a set of plans for a building

  2. 2 dial British :  copy, image

  3. 3 :  structural design <a home on the model of an old farmhouse>

  4. 4 :  a usually miniature representation of something; also :  a pattern of something to be made

  5. 5 :  an example for imitation or emulation

  6. 6 :  a person or thing that serves as a pattern for an artist; especially :  one who poses for an artist

  7. 7 :  archetype

  8. 8 :  an organism whose appearance a mimic imitates

  9. 9 :  one who is employed to display clothes or other merchandise

  10. 10 a :  a type or design of clothing b :  a type or design of product (as a car)

  11. 11 :  a description or analogy used to help visualize something (as an atom) that cannot be directly observed

  12. 12 :  a system of postulates, data, and inferences presented as a mathematical description of an entity or state of affairs; also :  a computer simulation based on such a system <climate models>

  13. 13 :  version 3

  14. 14 :  animal model

Examples of model

  1. She's building a model of the Earth for science class.

  2. a plastic model of the human heart

  3. We've improved on last year's model, making the car safer and easier to control.

  4. He bought one of the old 1965 models.

  5. We couldn't afford one of the fancy TVs and had to buy the standard model.

  6. We've developed a computer model of the economy to predict what will happen in the future.

  7. Companies are developing new business models.

Origin of model

Middle French modelle, from Old Italian modello, from Vulgar Latin *modellus, from Latin modulus small measure, from modus

First Known Use: 1575

Synonym Discussion of model

model, example, pattern, exemplar, ideal mean someone or something set before one for guidance or imitation. model applies to something taken or proposed as worthy of imitation <a decor that is a model of good taste>. example applies to a person to be imitated or in some contexts on no account to be imitated but to be regarded as a warning <children tend to follow the example of their parents>. pattern suggests a clear and detailed archetype or prototype <American industry set a pattern for others to follow>. exemplar suggests either a faultless example to be emulated or a perfect typification <cited Joan of Arc as the exemplar of courage>. ideal implies the best possible exemplification either in reality or in conception <never found a job that matched his ideal>.

Rhymes with model



verb mod·el

Simple Definition of model

  • : to design (something) so that it is similar to something else

  • : to make a small copy of (something) : to create a model of (something)

  • : to make something by forming or shaping clay or some other material

Full Definition of model

modeled or modelledmodel·ing or model·ling \ˈmäd-liŋ, ˈmä-dəl-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to plan or form after a pattern :  shape

  3. 2 archaic :  to make into an organization (as an army, government, or parish)

  4. 3 a :  to shape or fashion in a plastic material b :  to produce a representation or simulation of <using a computer to model a problem>

  5. 4 :  to construct or fashion in imitation of a particular model <modeled its constitution on that of the United States>

  6. 5 :  to display by wearing, using, or posing with <modeled gowns>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to design or imitate forms :  make a pattern <enjoys modeling in clay>

  9. 2 :  to work or act as a fashion or art model

mod·el·erplay also mod·el·ler \ˈmäd-lər, ˈmä-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of model

  1. The faces of the gods were modeled in white stone.

  2. They're modeling this year's new spring fashions.

  3. She got a job modeling shoes for a catalog company.

  4. a fashion model who has angered animal lovers by modeling fur coats


First Known Use of model




adjective mod·el

Simple Definition of model

  • : deserving to be copied by others : very good or excellent

  • —used to describe something that is a small copy of something larger

Full Definition of model

  1. 1 :  serving as or capable of serving as a pattern <a model student>

  2. 2 :  being a usually miniature representation of something <a model airplane>

Examples of model

  1. Our university has a model program for training its athletes.

  2. <why can't you be like your sister, who is such a well-behaved model child?>


First Known Use of model


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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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