poster child


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 Mills, meanwhile, has been the poster child for the Spurs’ 3-point downturn. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs staying patient in midst of 3-point cold spell," 17 Jan. 2021 Troy Montez, who works as a supply chain manager at North Memorial Medical Center, could be a poster child for the movement. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Duck-crazy Cottage Grove family lives to hunt," 3 Oct. 2020 Bieniemy, the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator, will then no longer have to be the poster child for the lack of diversity among the NFL's head coaching ranks. Rod Walker,, "Walker: For Chiefs offensive coordinator and New Orleans native Eric Bieniemy, head coaching gig should be near," 18 Dec. 2020 Perdue is a poster child for the complexity of congressional stock trading issues because of the sheer volume of his trades. Anneken Tappe And Scott Bronstein, CNN, "When lawmakers buy and sell stocks, they're playing with fire," 16 Dec. 2020 Paxton is the poster child for the rot created by a one-party system in this state. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Paxton makes a fool of himself with lawsuit," 11 Dec. 2020 But what made Gulfstream the poster child was its prominence in the winter racing months with its signature meet. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: More on the post-time drag," 5 Dec. 2020 Now, 30 years after the dump was held up as the poster child for toxic nightmares by the New Jersey congressman who wrote the Superfund law, plans for a phoenixlike rebirth await. New York Times, "Park With Covid Memorial Is Rising on Site of Former Toxic Dump," 4 Dec. 2020 Rookie Bass might be the poster child for developing placekickers and turning them loose. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "On Football: The long and the longer of NFL placekicking," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of poster child

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Jan 2021

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“Poster child.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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poster child


English Language Learners Definition of poster child

: 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)

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