poster child

noun

Definition of poster child

1 : a child who has a disease and is pictured in posters to solicit funds for combating the disease
2 : a person having a public image that is identified with something (such as a cause)

Examples of poster child in a Sentence

She was a stirring speaker and activist and soon became the poster child of the antiwar movement.

Recent Examples on the Web

The move comes at a time when the volatility of Bitcoin, the poster child of the cryptocurrency movement, has fallen in recent weeks compared to 2017. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Wells Fargo Is the Latest Bank to Bar Consumers From Buying Bitcoin While Using Its Credit Cards," 11 June 2018 Conservatives once viewed Silicon Valley companies as poster children for free-market capitalism. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Newly elected Republican senator could be Google’s fiercest critic," 24 Nov. 2018 Since then the 28-year-old model has been the poster child for the polarizing high-low cut. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Edie Campbell Just Turned the Skunky Two-Tone Dye Job Into a Thing Again," 21 Sep. 2018 But Carter and Bridges represent poster children for the typical drafting profile from the John Paxson-Gar Forman regime — high-character, no-nonsense players from blue-chip programs who just want to win. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls work out draft prospects Wendell Carter Jr. and Mikal Bridges," 4 June 2018 Radio talk show hosts and Republicans have made Newman a poster child for the increase, which Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown sought in order to improve California roads. Emily Cadei, Taryn Luna And Amy Chance, sacbee, "Six California election races to watch on Tuesday night," 3 June 2018 For the poster child of the naked dress, wearing anything see-through shouldn't come as a surprise, but the piece is a total scene-stealer. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Wears a Sheer Skirt and Tiny Bra Top to Celebrate Balmain," 21 July 2017 That wine, which was indeed a rich, concentrated blueberrysmoothie blockbuster, was awarded 100 points by Robert Parker and became the poster child of the Napa Cult Cab. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "Harlan Estate, Napa's Most Talked About Winery, Reveals Its Next Cult Red," 17 Jan. 2017 Facebook just rolled out 360-degree videos for your newsfeed, and the first poster child is a stunner. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "This Impossibly Cool Star Wars Clip Is Facebook's First 360 Video," 23 Sep. 2015

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'poster child.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of poster child

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about poster child

Share poster child

Statistics for poster child

Last Updated

21 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for poster child

The first known use of poster child was in 1938

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for poster child

poster child

noun

English Language Learners Definition of poster child

US
: a child who has a particular disease and is shown in posters to raise money to help fight that disease
: a person who represents or is identified with something (such as a cause or product)

More from Merriam-Webster on poster child

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with poster child

Comments on poster child

What made you want to look up poster child? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to boil down or concentrate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!