role model

noun
a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people.

Origin:
1955–60

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role model
 
n
a person regarded by others, esp younger people, as a good example to follow

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

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role model definition


A person who serves as an example of the values, attitudes, and behaviors associated with a role. For example, a father is a role model for his sons. Role models can also be persons who distinguish themselves in such a way that others admire and want to emulate them. For example, a woman who becomes a successful brain surgeon or airline pilot can be described as a role model for other women.

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Example sentences
Devoted heroine that will never be forgotten for decades,role model to many,
  your work was great and you are irreplaceable.
She was a pillar of strength and a role model for me as well as many others.
But let me be clear: having access to such a role model would have certainly
  smoothed the way.
In the years since, he has become a role model for the legal profession.
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