role model

A role model is someone others look to as a good example. A role model is someone who is worthy of imitation — like your beloved teacher or a well-behaved celebrity.

Just as a model is something that represents an inspirational ideal, a role model is someone who inspires others to imitate his or her good behavior. Parents try to be role models for their children by being good people. A famous person who gives money to charity or helps sick children is a role model. If someone behaves badly, you could say they’re a negative or bad role model — the kind of person who shouldn’t be imitated.

Definitions of role model
  1. noun

    someone worthy of imitation

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    apotheosis, ideal, nonesuch, nonpareil, nonsuch, paragon, saint

    model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
    fashion arbiter, taste-maker, trend-setter

    someone who popularizes a new fashion
    crackerjack, jimdandy, jimhickey

    someone excellent of their kind
    class act

    someone who shows impressive and stylish excellence

    someone of remarkable excellence
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    a person who rules or guides or inspires others

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