A model or original used as an archetype. A person or thing considered worthy of imitation. A plan, diagram, or model to be followed in making things: a dress pattern. See Synonyms at ideal. A representative sample; a specimen. An artistic or decorative design: a paisley pattern. See Synonyms at figure. A design of natural or accidental origin: patterns of bird formations. A consistent, characteristic form, style, or method, as: A composite of traits or features characteristic of an individual or a group: one's pattern of behavior. Form and style in an artistic work or body of artistic works. The configuration of gunshots upon a target that is used as an indication of skill in shooting. The distribution and spread, around a targeted region, of spent shrapnel, bomb fragments, or shot from a shotgun. Enough material to make a complete garment. A test pattern. The flight path of an aircraft about to land: a flight pattern. Football A pass pattern. To make, mold, or design by following a pattern: We patterned this plan on the previous one. My daughter patterned her military career after her father's. To cover or ornament with a design or pattern. To make a pattern.