role model(redirected from Rôle model)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.
An individual whose behavior serves as an exemplar to others. This expression, dating from the second half of the 1900s, alludes to acting out parts in a theatrical production. It appeared in the New York Times Magazine (June 26, 1977): “If the teacher was a ‘role model’ parents were obviously unaware of it.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer