[ig-zem-pler, -plahr]
a model or pattern to be copied or imitated: Washington is the exemplar of patriotic virtue.
a typical example or instance.
an original or archetype: Plato thought nature but a copy of ideal exemplars.
a copy of a book or text.

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)
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
[C14: from Latin exemplarium model, from exemplumexample]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "original model of the universe in the mind of God," later (mid-15c.) "model of virtue," from O.Fr. exemplaire and directly from L.L. exemplarium, from L. exemplum (see example).
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Example sentences
Codes not being able to predict every exemplar of hostile speech, what meant to
  be specific turned out to be only muddy.
So he was ditched, despite his exemplar qualifications.
Such was the erudition and acuity of our master teacher and exemplar of piety.
In a similar vein, the industry has long believed it is vital to act as an
  exemplar in the workplace.
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