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exemplar

[ig-zem-pler, -plahr] /ɪgˈzɛm plər, -plɑr/
noun
1.
a model or pattern to be copied or imitated:
Washington is the exemplar of patriotic virtue.
2.
a typical example or instance.
3.
an original or archetype:
Plato thought nature but a copy of ideal exemplars.
4.
a copy of a book or text.
Origin of exemplar
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin, variant of exemplāre, noun use of neuter of exemplāris exemplary; replacing Middle English exaumplere < Middle French examplaire < Latin exemplāris
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exemplar

/ɪɡˈzɛmplə; -plɑː/
noun
1.
a person or thing to be copied or imitated; model
2.
a typical specimen or instance; example
3.
a copy of a book or text on which further printings have been based
Word Origin
C14: from Latin exemplarium model, from exemplumexample
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Word Origin and History for exemplar
n.

late 14c., "original model of the universe in the mind of God," later (mid-15c.) "model of virtue," from Old French exemplaire (14c.) and directly from Late Latin exemplarium, from Latin exemplum (see example).

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