role model

noun

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.

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His only role model, his older brother, is gone, recruited to play baseball in America. Stephen Scaife, The Verge, "Cult favorite anime FLCL is back with new episodes — but 15 years later, the original still shines," 2 June 2018 Ella Brennan was a bold business woman, a role model, a mentor, an inspiration and a dear, old friend to chefs throughout New Orleans. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Ella Brennan: Great New Orleans chefs remember friend, mentor, inspiration," 31 May 2018 Sometimes a role model, sometimes an ass, sometimes a friend. Cassie Armstrong, OrlandoSentinel.com, "National Brothers Day: How to celebrate in Central Florida," 24 May 2018 Kim has learned the art of surprise as surely as his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, North Korea's founder and the younger Kim's role model, did. David E. Sanger, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Koreans set the table for a deal. Will Trump be able to close it?," 28 Apr. 2018 For more than 60 years, George Herbert Walker Bush has been my friend, and he's been my role model. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Jim Baker's Eulogy for His Close Friend, George H.W. Bush," 6 Dec. 2018 Even some of our biggest role models are not immune. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Unpopular Opinion: Condiments Are Disgusting," 21 Nov. 2018 My role models are: Buddy Guy and the late B.B. King. Jeff Slate, WSJ, "Was Ringo Starr the Original Instagrammer?," 21 Nov. 2018 Or maybe your body image role model inspired you to embrace your body with a new sense of fashion? Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "Body Confidence Day is Back and We Want To Hear From You!," 17 Oct. 2018

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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role model

noun

English Language Learners Definition of role model

: someone who another person admires and tries to be like

role model

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Kids Definition of role model

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

role model

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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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