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noun [countable] model pronunciation in American English /ˈmɑd(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    a small copy of something such as a building, vehicle, or machine
    model of:

    The exhibit included a model of the Golden Gate Bridge made from matchsticks.

    working model:

    a working model of a train

    scale model:

    They built a scale model of the new sports arena.

  2. 2
    a person whose job is to appear in magazines or fashion shows wearing clothes or makeup (=colors for the lips and face) for sale, so that people will want to buy them

    A lot of models look far too thin.

    fashion model:

    Ella wants to be a fashion model.

  3. 3
    someone whose job is to be drawn or painted by an artist or photographed by a photographer

    a nude model

  4. 4
    something such as a system that is so good that people should copy it

    Many countries have shown an interest in the Chinese farming model.

    model for:

    The system has been used as a model for other organizations.

  5. 5
    someone or something that is a good example of a particular quality
    model of:

    Melissa was a model of good manners.

    The school was a model of excellence.


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