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Wednesday, March 07, 2001

Definitions for exemplar

  1. A model or pattern to be copied or imitated.
  2. A typical or standard specimen.
  3. An ideal model or type.

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Citations for exemplar
What charmed me was the idea of a boy too young to understand the lecture but not too young to recognize the eminent man on the platform as his model, the exemplar of what would become his own life work. William Zinsser, New York Times
It was this cathedral that Monet famously painted in different weathers, and that was William Morris's favorite exemplar of French Gothic; for its sake he visited "Rouen, glorious Rouen" twice. Peter Gay, Pleasure Wars
Origin of exemplar
Exemplar derives from Latin exemplum, "example," from eximere, "to take out," from ex-, "out" + emere, "to take."