A unique episode, without example in maritime history.
The squirrel, an example of a rodent; introduced each new word with examples of its use.
Set a good example by arriving on time.
To fine a speeder as an example to others.
An example of the word "example" is a previously baked pie shown to a cooking class.
An example of the word "example" is 2x2=4 used to show multiplication.
An example of the word "example" is a couch with a standard fabric, even though many fabrics are available as options.
An example of the word "example" is a troubled movie star getting a longer jail term because more news coverage encourages more people to stay out of trouble.
- As an illustrative instance:Wear something simple; for example, a skirt and blouse.
- as an example; by way of illustration
- to be, or behave so as to be, a pattern or model for others to imitate
Origin of example
- Middle English from Old French example, essaumple from Latin exemplum from eximere to take out ex- ex- emere to take em- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English example, from Old French essample (French: exemple), from Latin exemplum (“literally what is taken out (as a sample), a sample, pattern, specimen, copy for imitation, etc.”), from eximō (“take out”), from ex (“out”) + emō (“buy; acquire”); see exempt. Compare ensample, sample, exemplar. Displaced native Middle English bisne, forbus, forbusen (“example, model, template, exemplar”) (from Old English bīsen, forebīsen, forebȳsen (“example, model, template, exemplar”)) and Middle English byspel (“example, proverb”) (from Old English bīspel).