|1.||a perfect or typical specimen|
|2.||an original model or pattern; prototype|
|3.||psychoanal one of the inherited mental images postulated by Jung as the content of the collective unconscious|
|4.||a constantly recurring symbol or motif in literature, painting, etc|
|[C17: from Latin archetypum an original, from Greek arkhetupon, from arkhetupos first-moulded; see |
archetype ar·che·type (är'kĭ-tīp')
In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic image that is derived from the past collective experience of humanity and is present in the unconscious of the individual. Also called imago.