role model (social role model)

(noun) Someone that an individual patterns their behavior on for a particular role.

Example: A parent or folk hero.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: role models
  • The terms role model and social role model are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • A role model does not have to be personally known, it can be celebrity, historical figure, politician, etc.
  • A type of significant other.
  • Variant form:
    • role-model
    • rolemodel

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