[ ig-zem-pler, -plahr ]
/ ɪgˈzɛm plər, -plɑr /
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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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Also Archaic, ex·am·plar [ig-zam-pler, -zahm-] /ɪgˈzæm plər, -ˈzɑm-/ .

Origin of exemplar

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin, variant of exemplāre, noun use of neuter of exemplāris “relating or pertaining to a model or pattern,” replacing Middle English exaumplere, from Middle French examplaire, from Latin exemplāris; see exemplary
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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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