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

If girls are exposed to strong, female STEM role models, a career in these fields will seem as attractive and attainable as any other. Shannon Willoby, Redbook, "Why Girls Need More Mentors in STEM," 8 Mar. 2019 City Year provides opportunities for young adults to spend a year of service in high-need high schools as tutors, mentors and role models. Justin Madden,, "Cleveland police chief to be honored at City Year Rock the Red Jacket gala," 25 Apr. 2018 Trout is the best individual asset baseball has—for years its undisputed best player, a physical freak who slugs like Aaron Judge and runs like Dee Gordon, and a role model who signs autographs for kids before every game and is perpetually upbeat. Tom Verducci,, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018 The woman took a photo of the moment and posted it to Facebook, applauding Giannis as a great man and role model. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo lends a hand to ailing pedestrian in Athens," 6 July 2018 And yet there’s something admirably ornery about Weinzweig’s refusal to deliver a straightforward novel of empowerment, a narrative of liberation, a role model — as if insisting on a flawed heroine is itself an act of resistance. New York Times, "Her Lover May Not Exist, but Her Doubts About the Patriarchy Are Real," 6 July 2018 Twelve years Victoria's elder, Feodora also served as a role model for the young royal. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Who Was Princess Feodora, Queen Victoria's Little-Known Half-Sister?," 20 Jan. 2019 The educators said Bailey, 26, serves as a role model for the young adults. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Young San Antonians find independence with public transportation," 2 Apr. 2018 Mitt Romney, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Utah, said in an interview Monday that President Donald Trump is not a role model for his grandchildren. Adam Edelman /, NBC News, "Mitt Romney: Trump is not a role model for my grandkids," 29 May 2018

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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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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