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 Carr thought a great role model was Chloé Zhao, who won the Academy Award as best director of Nomadland, which also won the best picture and best actress Oscars. Henry Devries, Forbes, "How To Be A Better Speaker Like Oscar Winners Tyler Perry, Frances McDormand And Chloé Zhao," 27 Apr. 2021 Elinor was a great friend and role model to the younger members of her family. Ben Nigrin,, "Elinor B. Olney, 92: the ‘Card Shark Matriarch’," 24 Jan. 2021 In addition to being a role model, the leader is responsible for group cohesion—a true alchemy that requires the involvement of everyone. Luc-christophe Guillerm, Scientific American, "Coping Strategies of Ocean Castaways Hold Lessons for the COVID Pandemic," 16 Apr. 2021 Within that family, Rojas was a role model as well, especially to Fernando, who began high school as Rojas was starting college. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Tale of José Rojas: How an Orange County kid kept the faith and made the Angels roster," 8 Apr. 2021 Brown has emerged as a role model for his activities on and off the floor. Gary Washburn,, "Celtics All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown driven to success," 8 Mar. 2021 Some pearl producers in French Polynesia are employing more sustainable practices, helping safeguard the islands’ resources and serving as a role model for other farms. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Mexico City cuts out plastic, and more," 11 Feb. 2021 Emerson, who was remembered as a role model and mentor who left a mark on the careers of his subordinates, led the Police Department between 1992 and 2009 — a period in which the city and police force saw tremendous growth. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Former Chula Vista police chief Richard Emerson dies at 70," 6 Apr. 2021 More than a rapper, more than a businessman, Hussle was a cultural activist, a philanthropist, a role model and leader for young Black men seeking to overcome a troubled past and achieve greatness. Rob Kenner, Essence, "Hussle & Grow: An Excerpt from Nipsey Hussle Biography 'The Marathon Don't Stop'," 1 Apr. 2021

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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 10 May. 2021.

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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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