Definition of "exemplar" [ex•em•plar]

  • One that is worthy of imitation; a model. See Synonyms at ideal. (noun)
  • One that is typical or representative; an example. (noun)
  • An ideal that serves as a pattern; an archetype. (noun)
  • A copy, as of a book. (noun)

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Use "exemplar" in a sentence
  • "For those who would like to compare these texts to that of a medieval Dominican Breviary, one is available in digital form here, showing an exemplar from the Czech Republic."
  • "At one extreme, Carver is classified as the exemplar of minimalism."
  • "A modern exemplar is Peter Birks, who was the leading unjust enrichment (restitution) scholar in the English speaking world (as well as being a leading scholar on civil law and roman law)."