[ ig-zem-pler, -plahr ]
/ ɪgˈzɛm plər, -plɑr /


a model or pattern to be copied or imitated: Washington is the exemplar of patriotic virtue.
a typical example or instance.
an original or archetype: Plato thought nature but a copy of ideal exemplars.
a copy of a book or text.


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Origin of exemplar

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin, variant of exemplāre, noun use of neuter of exemplāris exemplary; replacing Middle English exaumplere < Middle French examplaire < Latin exemplāris
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British Dictionary definitions for exemplar

/ (ɪɡˈzɛmplə, -plɑː) /


a person or thing to be copied or imitated; model
a typical specimen or instance; example
a copy of a book or text on which further printings have been based

Word Origin for exemplar

C14: from Latin exemplarium model, from exemplum example
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