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
Examples of pattern in a Sentence
The dishes have a floral pattern around the rim.
The fabric comes in different colors and patterns.
The rug is decorated with a geometric pattern.
The shadows made a pattern of lines on the ground.
They are studying behavior patterns among high-school students.
Analysts are noticing different spending patterns by consumers.
The trees followed a characteristic pattern of growth. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
These highly coveted gloves keep you warm with vegan micro-suede palms, a cozy wool-like back with distinctive checkerboard pattern, and a special conductive material sewn into both index fingers that works on touchscreens.—Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 24 Nov. 2023 Dries Van Noten floral coat Play with patterns in Dries Van Noten’s evening coat.—Porter Simmons, Vogue, 24 Nov. 2023 This tartan trench coat is a versatile style enhancer, effortlessly elevating any outfit with its varied plaid patterns.—Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 24 Nov. 2023 Not the same cars, and not the same asphalt, obviously, but the same pattern of traffic.—Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2023 Choose from 30 patterns in sizes S, M, and L while the slippers are on sale for just $10.—Carly Totten, Southern Living, 22 Nov. 2023 Neuroscientists have shown that our brains are biologically wired for beauty: The neural mechanisms that influence attention and perception have adapted to notice color, form, proportion and pattern.—Stephanie Acker, The Conversation, 22 Nov. 2023 The ruling Friday by the 4th District Court of Appeal is a win for the Firearm Violence Research Center based at UC Davis and others studying patterns of gun violence.—Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2023 These patterns are different from those who give directly to charitable organizations.—Ruth K. Hansen, Discover Magazine, 20 Nov. 2023
Each sleek piece is rooted in technicality, patterned for ease of movement, and protects against winter’s coldest and wettest days.—Sunset Magazine, 16 Nov. 2023 Plus, there’s a color for every outfit — choose from tan, black, or green, all of which have patterned laces to put some fun in these functional shoes.—Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 In the video, she’s seen running the field with the collection’s colorful athletic socks and playfully patterned soccer ball.—Anna Tingley, Variety, 14 Nov. 2023 One young woman wore a scarf patterned with the Star of David.—Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2023 Here, pops of lime green and navy enter in the form of patterned throw pillows to dress up an otherwise neutral color scheme.—Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Oct. 2023 The union initiated negotiations with all three automakers at once, breaking from recent history when UAW leaders would bargain with each automaker individually, select a lead company to focus efforts on and then pattern the remaining deals off a leading tentative agreement.—Michael Wayland, NBC News, 28 Oct. 2023 Played by Idara Victor, Tina has a style that is often associated with the Black working women of the ‘70s: bright pantsuits, gorgeous gowns for outings, and patterned wrap dresses à la Diane Von Furstenberg.—Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 19 Oct. 2023 In the beauty world, there are always new trends and techniques to try (patterned pantyhose nails, anyone?).—Lisa Desantis, Glamour, 18 Oct. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English patron, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin patronus
: a set of characteristics that are displayed repeatedly
2 of 2verb
: to make or design by following a pattern
Middle English patron "pattern," from early French patron (same meaning), from Latin patronus "patron, patron saint," from earlier patronus "defender, protector," from patr-, pater "father" — related to padre, paternal, patron