A typical example or an embodiment. A summary of a written work or a brief statement or presentation of something.
Etymology: The word first appeared printed in 1520 and was originally used to mean “summary.”
It comes from the Greek “epitemnein,” meaning “to cut short,” which was later formed from the prefix “epi-” and then the verb “temnein,” which means “to cut.”
Epitome began to be used for anything (like an object or person) that is a clear example of an abstraction.
The “golden rule” is sometimes cited as the epitome of good conduct as it says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
In a Sentence
Mary’s dress was the epitome of country charm, with ruffles and gingham paired with well-worn cowboy boots.
Another sentence would be: “The venue was the epitome of class, with shiny hardwood floors and pendant lighting, the wedding guests were pleasantly surprised.