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.

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As striking was his failure even to mention some of the world’s leading exemplars of socialism. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Defining Socialism Down," 14 June 2019 The Powers That Be (1979), which focused on four exemplars of the era (CBS, Time Inc., The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times), was a chronicle of that world at its height. Paul Starr, The New York Review of Books, "Fall from Grace," 21 Mar. 2019 Wipro is an exemplar of a successful, (an) ethical and a socially responsible organisation. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Azim Premji: India’s second-richest man owns a second-hand car and a generous heart," 6 June 2019 There aren’t as many exemplars in getting stunting down at a low level of income as there are the overall reduction in childhood death where just getting your vaccine coverage up gives you dramatic gains in that measure. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Why Bill Gates is worried," 15 Oct. 2018 The principal exemplar of this phenomenon is Syria, a scene of murder and despair unrivaled in our time. Dexter Filkins, New York Times, "Why Libya Continues to Burn," 18 May 2018 Of course, there were plenty of exemplars closer at hand—specifically, from the previous century. Benjamin Riley, WSJ, "Book Review: The Whiggish View of History," 25 Jan. 2019 Like baseball's Mike Trout, Crosby is a metronomic exemplar of all-around skill. Adam Kilgore, chicagotribune.com, "The subtle secret to Sidney Crosby's greatness," 30 Apr. 2018 In May, Chopard—an exemplar of experiential offerings—was the toast of the Cannes Film Festival with its much-ballyhooed invitation-only blowouts. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "The Experience Wars: Inside the Furious Fight for the Affections (and Dollars) of the World's Biggest Spenders," 20 Sep. 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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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