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In general, a model is an informative representation of an object, person or system. The term originally denoted the plans of a building in late 16th-century English, and derived via French and Italian ultimately from Latin modulus, a measure. In detail, model may refer to:

Physical model[edit]

A physical model is a physical representation of an object, such as a miniature aeroplane representing a real aeroplane

  • Model (art), a person posing for an artist, e.g. a 15th-century criminal representing the biblical Judas in Leonardo da Vinci's painting The Last Supper
    • Model (person), a person who serves as a template for others to copy, often in the context of advertising commercial products
  • Model (product), a particular design of a product offered by its manufacturer
    • Car model, a particular design of vehicle sold by a manufacturer
  • Model organism (often shortened to model), a non-human species that is studied to understand biological phenomena present in other related organisms, e.g. a guinea pig starved of vitamin C to study scurvy, an experiment that would be immoral to conduct on a person
  • Model (mimicry), a species that is mimicked by another species

Conceptual model[edit]

A conceptual model is a theoretical representation of a system, e.g. a set of equations attempting to describe the workings of the atmosphere for the purpose of weather forecasting.

Film and television[edit]





  • Model (surname), a surname frequently of Central European and occasionally English origins
  • Rick Martel (born 1956), professional wrestler nicknamed "The Model"
  • Eddie Taubensee (born 1968), baseball player nicknamed "The Model"

Other uses[edit]

  • MODEL or Movement for Democracy in Liberia, a rebel group in Liberia
  • Soho walk-up apartment for prostitution signposted "model"

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