poster child
noun Date: 1969 1. a child who has a disease and is pictured in posters to solicit funds for combating the disease 2. a person having a public image that is identified with something (as a cause)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • poster child — poster children also poster girl 1) N COUNT: oft N for n If someone is a poster child for a particular cause, characteristic, or activity, they are seen as a very good or typical example of it. [mainly AM] Zidane has become the poster child for a …   English dictionary

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  • poster child — poster .child n [C usually singular] AmE 1.) a child with a particular illness or physical problem whose picture appears on a poster advertising the work of an organization that helps children with that problem 2.) someone or something that… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • poster child — n. a person, originally a child, or thing presented as a symbol or archetype as in advancing some cause: now also poster boy (or girl, etc.) …   English World dictionary

  • Poster child — For the 2004 film, please see Poster Boy: For the Street Artist, please see Posterchild (street artist)The phrase poster child (sometimes poster boy ) originally referred to a child afflicted by some disease or deformity whose picture is used on… …   Wikipedia

  • poster child — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms poster child : singular poster child plural poster children mainly American 1) a child with a particular illness or physical problem who is used in a poster advertising the work of an organization that helps… …   English dictionary

  • poster child — noun a child afflicted by some disease or deformity whose picture is used on posters to raise money for charitable purposes she was the poster child for muscular dystrophy • Hypernyms: ↑child, ↑kid, ↑youngster, ↑minor, ↑shaver, ↑nipper, ↑sm …   Useful english dictionary

  • poster child — 1. a child appearing on a poster for a charitable organization. 2. a person or thing that exemplifies or represents: She could be a poster child for good sportsmanship. [1990 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • poster child — /ˈpoʊstə tʃaɪld/ (say pohstuh chuyld) noun (plural poster children) 1. a child who is regarded as a focus of some community sentiment or aspiration, especially one with appealing looks used for advertising for donations. 2. any person,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • poster child — post′er child n. cvb a person or thing that exemplifies or represents: She could be a poster child for good sportsmanship[/ex] • Etymology: 1965–70 …   From formal English to slang

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