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).
example (plural examples)
- Something that is representative of all such things in a group.
- Something that serves to illustrate or explain a rule.
- Something that serves as a pattern of behaviour to be imitated (a good example) or not to be imitated (a bad example).
- A person punished as a warning to others.
- A parallel or closely similar case, especially when serving as a precedent or model.
- An instance (as a problem to be solved) serving to illustrate the rule or precept or to act as an exercise in the application of the rule.
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something representative of a group
- Italian: esempio (it) m
- Japanese: 例 (ja) (れい, rei), 例え (ja) (たとえ, tatoe), 例題 (ja) (れいたい, reitai)
- Kamba: mfano
- Korean: 보기 (ko) (bogi), 예 (ko) (ye) (例 (ko))
- Sorani: نمونه (ku)
- Latin: exemplum (la) n
- Latvian: piemērs (lv) m, paraugs (lv) m
- Lithuanian: pavyzdys (lt) m
- Lower Sorbian: pśikład m
- Luhya: kumufano
- Macedonian: пример (mk) (prímer) m
- Malay: contoh (ms), misal (ms)
- Norwegian: eksempel (no), døme (no)
- Persian: مثال (fa) (mesâl)
- Polish: przykład (pl) m
- Portuguese: exemplo (pt) m
- Romanian: exemplu (ro)
- Russian: пример (ru) (primér) m
- Scots: ensaumple
- Slovene: primer (sl) m, primerek (sl) m
- Spanish: ejemplo (es) m
- Swahili: mifano (sw), mfano (sw)
- Swedish: exempel (sv) n
- Turkish: örnek (tr)
- Vietnamese: ví dụ (vi)
- Welsh: enghraifft (cy)
something serving to explain or illustrate a rule
something serving as a pattern of behaviour
person punished as a warning to others
parallel or closely similar case
instance as a problem to be solved
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See also 
example (third-person singular simple present examples, present participle exampling, simple past and past participle exampled)
- To be illustrated or exemplified (by)
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