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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of role model was in 1947

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“Role model.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

role model

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

Medical Definition

role model

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

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