A high school valedictorian is an exemplar of dedication and hard work. Most parents would love for their children to emulate a student with such excellent grades.

Notice the similarity between the words exemplar and example. This word can mean both “perfect example” and “typical example.” A fireman can be an exemplar of courage, and a building can be an exemplar of the architecture from a certain period.

Definitions of exemplar
  1. noun
    something to be imitated
    “an exemplar of success”
    synonyms: example, good example, model
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    beaut, beauty
    an outstanding example of its kind
    pacemaker, pacesetter
    a leading instance in its field
    a model considered worthy of imitation
    an impressive or wonderful example of a particular quality
    type of:
    the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
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