exemplar

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

Definition of exemplar

  1. :  one that serves as a model or example: such asa :  an ideal modelb :  a typical or standard specimen an exemplar of medieval architecturec :  a copy of a book or writingd :  idea 1a

Examples of exemplar in a sentence

  1. cited Joan of Arc as the exemplar of courage

  2. He is an exemplar of this new breed of politician.

Origin and Etymology of exemplar

Middle English, from Latin, from exemplum example


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of exemplar

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.

EXEMPLAR Defined for English Language Learners

exemplar

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

Definition of exemplar for English Language Learners

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

  • : a typical example



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