Definition of EXEMPLAR

one of a group or collection that shows what the whole is like <the village's Congregational church could serve as an exemplar of the white clapboard church with a steeple that is a fixture in old New England towns>
someone of such unequaled perfection as to deserve imitation <few of history's heroes were quite the exemplars that generations of schoolteachers made them out to be>
the most perfect type or example <the paintings of the French painter Claude Monet are often regarded as exemplars of Impressionism>

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