self-im·​age ˈself-ˈi-mij How to pronounce self-image (audio)
: one's conception of oneself or of one's role

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The self-image of our major media as adjudicator of candidate merit, deciding who gets to move on and who doesn’t, is somehow unshakable, and the pundit class can be even more obtuse. Matthew Scully, National Review, 16 May 2023 How does the protagonist’s rebrand from Kathleen Held to Kat Anderson Held change her self-image and how others perceive her? A. Maddie Browning,, 9 May 2023 Part of what Growing Minds is helping young children with include developing a positive self-image, socialization, and learning in math, science, language, and the arts. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2023 Well, nothing except the odd spectacle of a Billboard diva relentlessly flattering her own self-image, en route to the cast singing along to her music in the end credits. A.a. Dowd, Chron, 5 May 2023 This tendency hinders the discovery of our talents, resulting in a poor self-image. Priya Kartik, Forbes, 3 May 2023 Is a positive self-image possible without economic security and prospects? Lisa Kennedy, Variety, 1 May 2023 Taneytown has not just an image problem, but a self-image problem. Baltimore Sun, 25 Apr. 2023 But Porter’s book also strays from the norm, exploring normally taboo issues such as the strain her job has put on her finances, her family and her self-image. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-image was in 1939

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“Self-image.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: one's ideas about oneself or one's role

Medical Definition


self-im·​age -ˈim-ij How to pronounce self-image (audio)
: one's conception of oneself or of one's role

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