mod·​el | \ ˈmä-dᵊl How to pronounce model (audio) \

Definition of model

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a usually miniature representation of something a plastic model of the human heart also : a pattern of something to be made
2a : a type or design of product (such as a car) offers eight new models for next year, including a completely restyled convertible
b : a type or design of clothing girls, self-conscious in their Paris models— Paul Bowles
3 : a system of postulates, data, and inferences presented as a mathematical description of an entity or state of affairs also : a computer simulation (see simulation sense 3a) based on such a system climate models
4 : archetype
5 : an example for imitation or emulation his written addresses are models of clearness, logical order, and style— A. B. Noble
6 : one who is employed to display clothes or other merchandise has appeared as a model in ads for swimsuits
7 : a person or thing that serves as a pattern for an artist especially : one who poses for an artist His wife served as the model for many of his paintings.
8 : version sense 2 an experimental model of a bionic arm
9 : a description or analogy used to help visualize something (such as an atom) that cannot be directly observed
10 : structural design a home on the model of an old farmhouse
11 : an organism whose appearance a mimic imitates
13 dialectal British : copy, image
14 obsolete : a set of plans for a building


modeled or modelled; modeling or modelling\ ˈmäd-​liŋ , ˈmä-​dᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce model (audio) \

Definition of model (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to construct or fashion in imitation of a particular model modeled its constitution on that of the U.S.
2a : to shape or fashion in a plastic material modeling figures from clay
b : to produce a representation or simulation (see simulation sense 3a) of using a computer to model a problem
3 : to display by wearing, using, or posing with modeled gowns
4 : to plan or form after a pattern : shape legislative institutions primarily modeled on the English pattern
5 archaic : to make into an organization (such as an army, government, or parish)

intransitive verb

1 : to work or act as a fashion or art model Each contestant modeled in front of the judges.
2 : to design or imitate forms : make a pattern The students are modeling in clay.



Definition of model (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : serving as or capable of serving as a pattern a model student
2 : being a usually miniature representation of something a model airplane

Other Words from model


modeler or less commonly modeller \ ˈmäd-​lər , ˈmä-​dᵊl-​ər How to pronounce model (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for model


model, example, pattern, exemplar, ideal mean someone or something set before one for guidance or imitation. model applies to something taken or proposed as worthy of imitation. a decor that is a model of good taste example applies to a person to be imitated or in some contexts on no account to be imitated but to be regarded as a warning. children tend to follow the example of their parents pattern suggests a clear and detailed archetype or prototype. American industry set a pattern for others to follow exemplar suggests either a faultless example to be emulated or a perfect typification. cited Joan of Arc as the exemplar of courage ideal implies the best possible exemplification either in reality or in conception. never found a job that matched his ideal

Examples of model in a Sentence

Noun She's building a model of the Earth for science class. a plastic model of the human heart We've improved on last year's model, making the car safer and easier to control. He bought one of the old 1965 models. We couldn't afford one of the fancy TVs and had to buy the standard model. We've developed a computer model of the economy to predict what will happen in the future. Companies are developing new business models. Verb The faces of the gods were modeled in white stone. They're modeling this year's new spring fashions. She got a job modeling shoes for a catalog company. a fashion model who has angered animal lovers by modeling fur coats Adjective Our university has a model program for training its athletes. why can't you be like your sister, who is such a well-behaved model child? See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The timeframe required to earn back the financial costs of turbine manufacturing and installation is dependent on factors such as local wind resources, the turbine model, electricity prices and the financing agreement. Kate S. Petersen, USA TODAY, 7 June 2022 The least expensive model to insure for 2022, according to the website, is the Subaru Forester compact SUV in its 2.5I Wilderness trim, at an average $1,353 per year. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 7 June 2022 It’s not as quick as some of the other options out there, or even the M50 model, which gets to 60 in under four seconds. Christian De Looper, BGR, 3 June 2022 Until 2017, Netflix used the standard 5-star rating model, a system that is very familiar to consumers. Ian Morris, Rolling Stone, 3 June 2022 But there’s one EV model that’s notably bucking the trend: the Chevy Bolt. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 3 June 2022 The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, 38, and husband Brian welcomed their second baby together, a daughter named Colette Jane, on Tuesday, May 24, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. Georgia Slater,, 3 June 2022 The 6-3-2 model, which includes the closing of Parma High School, Parma Park Elementary and Renwood Elementary, will be voted on by the board of education at a June 9 meeting scheduled for the Parma Senior High School Little Theater. John Benson, cleveland, 2 June 2022 The first model, the 12-passenger Viceroy, will start flying in 2025, the company says, with a 160-nautical mile range. Brian Amaral,, 1 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb She also was linked to model Charlie Wilson after they were spotted kissing in Los Angeles last fall. Joelle Goldstein,, 14 June 2022 Apple TV changes that model with today's announcement. Samuel Axon And Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 14 June 2022 Koehl and her colleagues have even used flying frogs to help model dinosaur flight. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 14 May 2022 In addition, in order to enforce the new law, companies could also avoid pertinent diversity trainings which model inclusivity and increased racial understanding for employees. Amiah Taylor, Fortune, 3 May 2022 Leaders can model other behavior that shows your workplace values and prioritizes mental health and overall well-being. Naz Beheshti, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 By 2008, a teenage Ayesha had moved to Los Angeles to model and act. Nicole Briese,, 3 June 2022 Which brings us to our first trade-off: limited selection, both in make and model. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 29 May 2022 The gun used in this demonstration is not the same make and model as the Rudolph's gun. CBS News, 16 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Fossil fuel companies have long been generous donors to foreign policy institutions—a model tech companies are now starting to follow. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 14 June 2022 Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean star as a super-model couple who come from nothing, with beauty as their only ticket to the high life. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 May 2022 To support that capability, IBM researchers are working on multi-model pipelines that could accommodate the needs of predictive and prescriptive models. Paul Smith-goodson, Forbes, 2 May 2022 While this study has not been peer reviewed, these model-comparison techniques have been peer-reviewed in the past and are now widely used and accepted. New York Times, 23 May 2022 This can be repeated for model simulations of future warming. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 23 May 2022 His first blockbusters are that the iPhone mini line is dead, and only the two Pro-model iPhones will get the new A16 processor. Sascha Segan, PCMAG, 14 Mar. 2022 At 65, the uncomplaining, modestly dressed Hornclaw appears to be a model senior citizen. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2022 Biden praised retiring Supreme Court Justice Breyer as a model public servant and reaffirmed his commitment to nominate a Black woman to fill his seat, pledging to make an announcement before the end of February. WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of model


1570, in the meaning defined at sense 14


1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4


1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for model

Noun and Verb

Middle French modelle, from Old Italian modello, from Vulgar Latin *modellus, from Latin modulus small measure, from modus

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mod·​el | \ ˈmä-dᵊl How to pronounce model (audio) \

Kids Definition of model

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a small but exact copy of a thing
2 : a pattern or figure of something to be made
3 : a person who sets a good example Their daughter is a model of politeness.
4 : a person who poses for an artist or photographer
5 : a person who wears and displays garments that are for sale
6 : a special type of a product Our car is a recent model.



Kids Definition of model (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : worthy of being imitated a model student
2 : being a miniature copy a model airplane


modeled or modelled; modeling or modelling

Kids Definition of model (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : to plan or shape after a pattern This sports car is modeled on a racing car.
2 : to make a model of He learned how to model a dog in clay.
3 : to act or serve as a model She was asked to model for an artist.

Choose the Right Synonym for model


model, example, and ideal mean something that serves as guidance or imitation. model is used for a thing or person very worthy of imitation. That school system can be a model for the whole state. example usually means that the person, act, or conduct is likely to be copied, even though this may not always be a good thing. Parents are examples for their children. ideal is used for something, either real or imagined, considered to be the best of its kind that can exist. She is the ideal of beauty.


mod·​el | \ ˈmäd-ᵊl How to pronounce model (audio) \

Medical Definition of model

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a pattern of something to be made : a cast of a tooth or oral cavity
2 : something (as a similar object or a construct) used to help visualize or explore something else (as the living human body) that cannot be directly observed or experimented on — see animal model
3 : a system of postulates, data, and inferences presented as a mathematical description of an entity or state of affairs


transitive verb
modeled or modelled; modeling or modelling\ ˈmäd-​liŋ, -​ᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce model (audio) \

Medical Definition of model (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce (as by computer) a representation or simulation of

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