|Origin:||Latin exemplum, from eximere 'to take out'|
ex‧am‧ple S1 W1 [countable]
a specific fact, idea, person, or thing that is used to explain or support a general idea, or to show what is typical of a larger group
good/typical/prime/classic etc example
This church is a good example of Gothic architecture.
She cited a number of recent examples to support her theory.
Certain life events have to be registered by law. The most obvious examples are births, marriages and deaths.
used before mentioning a specific thing, person, place etc in order to explain what you mean or to support an argument:
Many countries, for example Mexico and Japan, have a lot of earthquakes.
Car prices can vary a lot. For example, in Belgium the VW Golf costs $1000 less than in Britain.
someone whose behaviour is very good and should be copied by others, or this type of behaviour
Her courage is an example to us all.
Parents should set an example for their children.
I suggest you follow Rosie's example (=copy her behaviour) and start doing regular exercise.
The team captain leads by example.
She's a shining example (=a very good example) of what a mother should be.
to punish someone so that other people are afraid to do the same thing