- one of a number of things, or a part of something, taken to show the character of the whole: This painting is an example of his early work.
- a pattern or model, as of something to be imitated or avoided: to set a good example.
- an instance serving for illustration; specimen: The case histories gave carefully detailed examples of this disease.
- an instance illustrating a rule or method, as a mathematical problem proposed for solution.
- an instance, especially of punishment, serving as a warning to others: Public executions were meant to be examples to the populace.
- a precedent; parallel case: an action without example.
- Rare. to give or be an example of; exemplify (used in the passive).
Origin of example
- a specimen or instance that is typical of the group or set of which it forms part; sample
- a person, action, thing, etc, that is worthy of imitation; patternyou must set an example to the younger children
- a precedent, illustration of a principle, or modelan example in a maths book
- a punishment or the recipient of a punishment serving or intended to serve as a warningthe headmaster made an example of him
- for example as an illustration; for instance
- (tr; now usually passive) to present an example of; exemplify
Word Origin for example
late 14c., partial re-Latinization of earlier essample, asaumple (mid-13c.), from Old French essemple "sample, model, example, precedent, cautionary tale," from Latin exemplum "a sample," literally "that which is taken out," from eximere "take out, remove" (see exempt (adj.)). Oldest English senses are of "behavior" and "punishment."
see for example; make an example of; set an example.