exemplar

noun
ex·​em·​plar | \ig-ˈzem-ˌplär, -plər, eg-\

Definition of exemplar 

: one that serves as a model or example: such as

a : an ideal model

b : a typical or standard specimen an exemplar of medieval architecture

c : a copy of a book or writing

d : idea sense 4c

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model, example, pattern, exemplar, ideal mean someone or something set before one for guidance or imitation. model applies to something taken or proposed as worthy of imitation. a decor that is a model of good taste example applies to a person to be imitated or in some contexts on no account to be imitated but to be regarded as a warning. children tend to follow the example of their parents pattern suggests a clear and detailed archetype or prototype. American industry set a pattern for others to follow exemplar suggests either a faultless example to be emulated or a perfect typification. cited Joan of Arc as the exemplar of courage ideal implies the best possible exemplification either in reality or in conception. never found a job that matched his ideal

Examples of exemplar in a Sentence

cited Joan of Arc as the exemplar of courage He is an exemplar of this new breed of politician.

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The fashionable Birkenstock is an exemplar of the rise of anti-fashion, says Sara Maggioni, the director of retail and buying for trend forecaster WGSN. Robin Givhan, The Seattle Times, "Are designers trolling us with ‘ugly’ fashion — or is it us?," 6 Aug. 2018 The band has been called as the exemplar of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal that began in the 1990s with the likes of Pantera and Machine Head and the preeminent metal act of the 21st century, Metallica. L. Kent Wolgamott, sacbee, "For Mastodon, the long road to metal success is measured by band’s creative satisfaction," 29 June 2018 Related Charter schools typically aren’t exemplars of diversity; urban charters usually open in high-minority neighborhoods to create alternatives to low-performing options. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "The Search for Diverse Schools That Perform," 6 June 2018 Each of the teachers being recognized are exemplars. Anne Marie Hunter, kansascity, "School district, chamber gather to celebrate 15 standout teachers | The Kansas City Star," 12 Apr. 2018 Looking Ahead Don’t call it a diner or an exemplar of comfort food. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Bergdorf’s Revitalizes Its Lower-Level Cafe," 5 June 2018 Among their exemplars are Dover Street Market, Ssense, Maxfield and other specialty stores that have figured out what makes millennials tick—and shop. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Retailers Stalk the Elusive Millennial Shopper," 30 May 2018 The exclusion has historical roots: Following orientalist stereotypes shored up under colonialism, the veiled and covered-up Muslim woman became the exemplar of oppressed persons. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, "The Feminist Future of Modesty," 12 June 2018 In fact, the McGill video owes its existence in part to an exemplar of the genre. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "A ‘Cancer Cure’ Video Skewered Bad Science—and Went Viral Itself," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of exemplar

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for exemplar

Middle English, from Latin, from exemplum example

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exemplar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exemplar

: an admired person or thing that is considered an example that deserves to be copied

: a typical example

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