role model


Definition of role model

: a person whose behavior in a particular role is imitated by others

Examples of role model in a Sentence

Athletes should remember that they are role models.
Recent Examples on the Web Transformational leaders act as inspirational role models, foster good human relationships, invest in their teams, develop the skills of followers and motivate others to reach beyond the scope of their job descriptions. NBC News, "Do women lead differently during a crisis?," 8 May 2020 Magazine profiles of actresses began to focus on their parenthood, Ms. Podnieks said, and put them forward as role models for other mothers. Jessica Grose, New York Times, "When Did We Start Taking Famous People Seriously?," 20 Apr. 2020 One theory: with more visible older women around as role models, Gen X women are more confident in life after menopause. Fortune, "Chicago mayor’s stern coronavirus leadership is meme-ified—and she’s in on the joke," 10 Apr. 2020 Steinberg’s longtime vision of professional athletes as philanthropic role models is admirable. Ron Kroichick,, "He was ‘Jerry Maguire,’ then lost everything. Now he reps Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes," 1 Feb. 2020 The award recognizes individuals that serve as role models, lead with compassion and are dedicated to making their community a better place. Sabrina Corsiga, Dallas News, "How Frito-Lay pledges to ‘live the legacy’ of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," 17 Jan. 2020 For example, AIs displaying traditionally African American speech styles could be important as role models for underrepresented minorities in fields ranging from online education to high-end scientific AI systems. Sharone Horowit-hendler, Wired, "Conversational AI Can Propel Social Stereotypes," 14 Jan. 2020 Only four percent of baby boomers voted for Harry and Meghan as the better role models, while 28 percent of millennials were Team Sussex. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "New Survey Shows That Millennials Support Harry and Meghan's Royal Exit, but Baby Boomers Don't," 12 Jan. 2020 He was involved in the speech and debate team, is a DARE role model peer leader, is principal violinist in the Sinfonia Orchestra and is an Eagle Scout. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "New view was a sight for old eyes: Whit & Whimsey," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of role model

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Role model.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of role model

: someone who another person admires and tries to be like

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Kids Definition of role model

: a person whose behavior in a certain function is imitated by others

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Medical Definition of role model

: a person whose behavior in a particular role is imitated by others watching our parents and other role models deal with conflict— Melody Beattie

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