- 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.
Origin of exemplar
Examples from the Web for exemplar
The novel is simultaneously a celebration and an exemplar of the joys of storytelling.American Dreams, 1973: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
August 28, 2013
Those who loved Pete will miss him desperately, and cherish his memory as an exemplar of integrity, courage, and grace under fire.Peter Worthington, 1927-2013
May 13, 2013
But by what stretch of imagination was he an exemplar of “heroic virtue,” as the Vatican has just decreed?The Pope's Big Holocaust Lie
December 23, 2009
The principle of these two young ladies is proposed as an exemplar to her sex.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
No mention now of the Eurasian exemplar, the synthetic "over-man."Dreamers of the Ghetto
It might be truthfully said of her, that she was an exemplar for all who knew her.Oration on the Life and Character of Henry Winter Davis
John A. J. Creswell
But its development was scarcely appreciable, from lack of opportunity and of exemplar.Four Years in Rebel Capitals
T. C. DeLeon
Who would expect Sir Sidney Lee to have had so remote an exemplar?A Boswell of Baghdad
E. V. Lucas
- 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 and History for exemplar
late 14c., "original model of the universe in the mind of God," later (mid-15c.) "model of virtue," from Old French exemplaire (14c.) and directly from Late Latin exemplarium, from Latin exemplum (see example).