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[ig-zem-pler, -plahr] /ɪgˈzɛm plər, -plɑr/
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.
Origin of exemplar
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin, variant of exemplāre, noun use of neuter of exemplāris exemplary; replacing Middle English exaumplere < Middle French examplaire < Latin exemplāris Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exemplar
  • 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.
  • He's a living exemplar of the urban principle that real estate of absolutely negative value can always be given to artists.
  • It has survived as an exemplar of what such a book ought to be.
  • To many of us, he was a great companion, an exemplar of great wit and a great guy.
  • He served as a powerful exemplar of rabbinic leadership in his congregation as well as far beyond.
  • In all these respects he was guide and master, companion and exemplar.
  • Each of these stories has been an exemplar of diligent reporting, empathetic writing and tremendous courage.
British Dictionary definitions for exemplar


/ɪɡˈzɛmplə; -plɑː/
a person or thing to be copied or imitated; model
a typical specimen or instance; example
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

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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