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 For years, Deutsche Bank has been a poster child for misconduct in the finance industry. Michael Forsythe, New York Times, "Inside a Brazen Scheme to Woo China: Gifts, Golf and a $4,254 Wine," 14 Oct. 2019 My wife could be the poster child for Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Father-in-law wants to issue premarital warning," 10 Sep. 2019 Jones, once the poster child for the UFC, has seen his career derailed due to numerous suspensions. Allen Kim, CNN, "Here's what's on the line at Saturday's UFC 239," 3 July 2019 The poster child of this utility-mania is American Water, which services 15 million people in the U.S. and Canada. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Investors Are Too Thirsty for Utility Stocks," 28 June 2019 In Dallas, a poster child for sprawl, the 38 WalkUPs comprise 0.10 percent of metro land area, but 12 percent of metro GDP. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why building walkable cities is the key to economic success," 24 June 2019 At Amazon, long the poster child for taking losses today to earn profits tomorrow, the numbers seem almost quaint. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Tech's 4 Biggest Cash Burners Have Torn Through $23.9 Billion Combined," 20 June 2019 The Northern California winery that seems to be the poster child for that setting is Scribe. Jen Murphy, Sunset, "In the West, It’s Always Rosé Season—Here’s What to Drink Right Now," 22 Jan. 2018 But for a much longer time, an immense army of Indian brickmakers have served as global poster children for exploitative labor practices. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Behind India's construction boom, a world of ‘systematic slavery’," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of poster child

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Nov 2019

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“Poster child.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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