from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who serves as a model in a particular behavioral or social role for another person to emulate.

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  • n. A person who serves as an example, whose behavior is emulated by others

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  • n. someone worthy of imitation


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  • She was a role model for me and was the perfect antidote for all the uptight, repressed, tradition-bound women I saw almost everywhere I looked in the Utah of the 1950s and ’60s.

    Roseanne Archy

  • The afternoon was just right warm—a May day that could have been a role model for all May days, and the air smelled wet and grassy because Mrs. Saint George across the street had turned her sprinkler on.

    The Six Rules of Maybe

  • As of this writing, the first official Vixen novel, The Warslayer by Rosemary Edghill, is sitting atop the New York Times Bestseller List, while First Lady Tipper Gore just cited Vixen as "an outstanding role model for America's youth."

    The Warslayer

  • I think being a role model for them-that is what they need -- lots and lots of it.

    Oral History Interview with Coleman Barbour, February 16, 1991. Interview M-0032. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • Lacking a positive role model in their parents, COAs make decisions by guesswork and trial and error.

    Alcohol and The Addictive Brain

  • The thrust of many recent reorganization efforts in the public sector has been to solve organizational problems of the public sector by using the private sector as a role model Czarniawska, 1985.

    Rediscovering Institutions


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