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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Harry Styles has long been the unofficial poster child for Gucci's floral and printed suits (Exhibit A). Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Harry Styles Gucci Campaign We've All Been Waiting For Is Finally Here," 4 June 2018 Lydia was played by Winona Ryder, then an apple-cheeked 17-year-old in one of her first-ever movie roles, the beginning of Ryder's reign as the poster child of offbeat rebellion. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beetlejuice's Sophia Anne Caruso Is Bringing Goth to Broadway," 17 Apr. 2019 Along the way Musgraves became the poster child for yeehaw. Eric Ray Davidson, Glamour, "Kacey Musgraves Isn’t Trying to Please Anybody but Herself," 28 Mar. 2019 Sin City was one of the poster children of the housing bust last decade, as the average home there lost more than 60 percent of their peak-bubble value and foreclosures reached six times the national average, according to Zillow. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Seattle dethroned as nation’s hottest housing market after nearly two years," 28 Aug. 2018 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,, "Bulls work out draft prospects Wendell Carter Jr. and Mikal Bridges," 4 June 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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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