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 The timidity of the U's refusal to make vaccination mandatory is wholly unsuited, as the commentators said, to a great university widely seen in many ways as the state's exemplar. Star Tribune, 20 June 2021 Candidate Joe Biden campaigned as the centrist exemplar of a return to pre-Trump normal, but President Joe Biden has moved swiftly to enlarge the scope of his ambitions far beyond the status quo ante. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2021 These ideas are especially hard to take from a Hollywood movie or from Miranda, who, at this point in his career, is hardly an exemplar of thinking modestly, but rather of aspiring to be everywhere doing everything, including politics. Frances Negrón-muntaner, The New Yorker, 21 June 2021 While the regular folk hate it, architects admire Boston City Hall as a superb Brutalist exemplar. Regina Cole, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Eventually, the girls make their way back to Rose’s mansion, a gaudy exemplar of a Painted Lady Victorian. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2021 For my race and an exemplar of what is possible in America. Elisa Lipsky-karasz, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2020 But before all that, Stefanik was seen as an exemplar of the kinder, gentler future of the Republican Party. Arkansas Online, 9 May 2021 On the flip side, Tarzan Economics is pretty critical of journalism as an exemplar of an industry that still clings to the old vine. Amy X. Wang, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2021

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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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The first known use of exemplar was in the 14th century

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12 Jul 2021

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“Exemplar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exemplar. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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