from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that is worthy of imitation; a model. See Synonyms at ideal.
- n. One that is typical or representative; an example.
- n. An ideal that serves as a pattern; an archetype.
- n. A copy, as of a book.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something fit to be imitated; see ideal and model.
- n. Something typical or representative of a class; see example.
- n. A pattern after which others should be made; see archetype.
- n. A well known usage of a scientific theory.
- n. A handwritten manuscript used by a scribe to make a handwritten copy; the original copy of what gets multiply reproduced in a copy machine.
- adj. Exemplary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A model, original, or pattern, to be copied or imitated; a specimen; sometimes; an ideal model or type, as that which an artist conceives.
- n. A copy of a book or writing.
- adj. Exemplary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving as an example; exemplary.
- Conveying a warning; fitted to warn or deter.
- Pertaining or relating to an example or to examples; containing or constituting an example.
- n. A model, original, or pattern to be copied or imitated; the idea or image of a thing formed in the mind; an archetype.
- n. A specimen; a copy, especially a copy of a book or writing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something to be imitated
Middle English exemplere, from Late Latin exemplārium, from Latin exemplum, example; see example.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exemplum, but respelled according to Latin exemplar. (Wiktionary)
From French exemplaire, and its source, Latin exemplāris. (Wiktionary)