ex·​em·​plar | \ ig-ˈzem-ˌplär How to pronounce exemplar (audio) , -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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web France, which relinquished its last colonial holdings in the 1960s, sees itself as an exemplar of human rights, and especially of universal equality. James Mcauley, BostonGlobe.com, "Lack of racial data hinders French response to coronavirus," 27 June 2020 France, which relinquished its last colonial holdings only in the 1960s, also sees itself as an exemplar of human rights, and especially of universal equality. Washington Post, "How France’s aversion to collecting data on race affects its coronavirus re...," 26 June 2020 The Last of Us , released by Naughty Dog and PlayStation in 2013 to cacophonous acclaim by the critical establishment, is perhaps the most significant exemplar of one of the biggest trends of its era of gaming: the dad game. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Last of Us Part II Is Great, but Can't Escape Its Father's Shadow," 12 June 2020 The day’s main speaker, Col. William J. Samford, praised Semmes as an exemplar of the honor and virtue of the men of the old South, a region that had helped build and was now a vital part of a mighty nation. al, "Mobile’s statue: Who was Confederate Adm. Raphael Semmes?," 5 June 2020 For months, Singapore has served as an exemplar, with its pandemic response praised and emulated around the world. Anchorage Daily News, "States rushing to reopen are probably making a deadly error, experts warn," 23 Apr. 2020 Oxy was an exemplar of this, but the Anadarko deal has changed the equation. Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Oxy Stock Offers the Buffett Experience (Sort Of)," 15 Oct. 2019 Walter Gordon’s 1953 Copenhagen House in Lake Oswego is another exemplar of simplicity and beauty on the virtual tour. oregonlive, "See famous midcentury modern homes from your sofa: Restore Oregon’s virtual tour," 11 May 2020 One exemplar of this was the late Beth Chatto in England, who created a model gravel garden and wrote a book about plants for the dry garden. The Washington Post, "Adrian Higgins on creating a modern-day victory garden, and more," 9 Apr. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exemplar. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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