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.

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That's Halsey in a nutshell, the poster child for the new pop-star playbook. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With spectacles at Summerfest, Halsey and Logic aspire for a better world," 30 June 2018 How far can this go before Portugal becomes, well, the next overtourism poster child? Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "More People Will Be Visiting Portugal This Year—Here's Why," 19 June 2018 In two seasons, FC Cincinnati has transformed from a new club with optimistic ambitions into not only the poster child of the United Soccer League but one of North America's best ambassadors for the sport. Charlie Hatch,, "FC Cincinnati, Indy Eleven match shows the growth of American soccer," 31 Mar. 2018 The poster child for this idea is Thomas J. Watson Sr. , the longtime CEO of IBM, who built the company into a major global organization. Bradley R. Staats, WSJ, "Don’t Just Dive Into Action: Stop to Think First," 6 July 2018 The poster child for that theory was the 1992 hurricane season. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Atlantic hurricane season forecast changes for the better with fewer storms predicted," 3 July 2018 Their avant-garde and bold designs made them the poster children for London’s ongoing floral revolution, which saw an explosion in radical creativity and surrealism. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Meet the Makers Behind Kendall Jenner’s Unconventional Floral Headpiece," 14 Mar. 2018 This year’s poster children for the undeserving are Oklahoma and Syracuse, which didn’t deserve to dance over fellow Atlantic Coast Conference member Notre Dame. Christopher L. Gasper,, "There’s a dark cloud hanging over this year’s NCAA Tournament," 12 Mar. 2018 Of course this year has been the poster child for whiplash weather. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "There's no such thing as 'average' Kentucky weather. And trees hate that," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of poster child

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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