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

n something to be imitated

“an exemplar of success”
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
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the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain

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