ETYM A later form for ensample, from Latin exemplum, orig., what is taken out of a larger quantity, as a sample, from eximere to take out. Related to Exempt, Ensample, Sample.
1. A single item of information that is representative of a type; SYN. illustration, instance, representative.
2. Punishment intended as a warning to others; SYN. deterrent example, lesson, object lesson.
ETYM Old Fren. paragon, French parangon.
An ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept; SYN. idol, perfection, beau ideal.
A model of excellence or perfection.
ETYM Old Eng. patron, French patron, a patron, also, a pattern. Related to Patron.
A model considered worthy of imitation.