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 Britain, in its own way, rightly admired as an exemplar of democracy and strong institutions, has a post Brexit government that is doing much to erode this reputation, such are the temptations of populism. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 27 June 2022 By the documentary’s partly convincing logic, Dio’s sword-and-sorcery inclinations really were the ultimate exemplar of some kind of cred. Chris Willman, Variety, 23 Mar. 2022 But Barty was the most consistent and irresistible exemplar of variety. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 That’s a tad severe, but if Ms. Riley is the exemplar, transcendence is possible though not guaranteed. Peter Plagens, WSJ, 19 Mar. 2022 Veeva Systems is the exemplar in vertical software. John Tough, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 His charge is to take care of kaiju, giant monsters whose most famous exemplar is Godzilla. Tom Shippey, WSJ, 13 May 2022 In the view of plaintiff’s counsel, DCF has been transformed from a model of dysfunction to an exemplar of a child-protection agency focused on keeping children with relatives and out of institutions to the greatest degree possible. Mark Pazniokas And Ginny Monk, courant.com, 24 Mar. 2022 With that handy exemplar in hand, shift your mindset to the future. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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