role model

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Coined by sociologist Robert K. Merton.


role model (plural role models)

  1. A person who serves as an example, whose behavior is emulated by others.
    Synonyms: exemplar, household deity; see also Thesaurus:model
    • 1986, Paul Simon (lyrics and music), “You Can Call Me Al”, in Graceland:
      Where's my wife and family? / What if I die here? / Who'll be my role model / Now that my role model is gone, gone?


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