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[ster-ee-uh-tahyp, steer-] /ˈstɛr i əˌtaɪp, ˈstɪər-/
a process, now often replaced by more advanced methods, for making metal printing plates by taking a mold of composed type or the like in papier-mâché or other material and then taking from this mold a cast in type metal.
a plate made by this process.
a set form; convention.
Sociology. a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group:
The cowboy and Indian are American stereotypes.
verb (used with object), stereotyped, stereotyping.
to make a stereotype of.
to characterize or regard as a stereotype:
The actor has been stereotyped as a villain.
to give a fixed form to.
Origin of stereotype
1790-1800; stereo- + -type
Related forms
stereotyper, stereotypist, noun
[ster-ee-uh-tip-ik, steer-] /ˌstɛr i əˈtɪp ɪk, ˌstɪər-/ (Show IPA),
stereotypical, adjective
nonstereotypic, adjective
nonstereotypical, adjective
6. categorize, type, identify. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for stereotypical
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  • Most of the money did not come from the stereotypical Jewish billionaires.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • His descriptions of the appearance of Jewish characters are usually unflattering and stereotypical.

    Nina Balatka Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for stereotypical


/ˈstɛrɪəˌtaɪp; ˈstɪər-/
  1. a method of producing cast-metal printing plates from a mould made from a forme of type matter in papier-mâché or some other material
  2. the plate so made
another word for stereotypy
an idea, trait, convention, etc, that has grown stale through fixed usage
(sociol) a set of inaccurate, simplistic generalizations about a group that allows others to categorize them and treat them accordingly
verb (transitive)
  1. to make a stereotype of
  2. to print from a stereotype
to impart a fixed usage or convention to
Derived Forms
stereotyper, stereotypist, noun
stereotypic (ˌstɛrɪə ˈtɪpɪk; ˌstɪər-), stereotypical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for stereotypical



1798, "method of printing from a plate," from French stéréotype (adj.) "printing by means of a solid plate of type," from Greek stereos "solid" (see sterile) + French type "type." Noun meaning "a stereotype plate" is from 1817. Meaning "image perpetuated without change" is first recorded 1850, from the verb in this sense, which is from 1819. Meaning "preconceived and oversimplified notion of characteristics typical of a person or group" is recorded from 1922. Stereotypical is attested from 1949.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stereotypical in Culture

stereotype definition

A too-simple and therefore distorted image of a group, such as “Football players are stupid” or “The English are cold and unfriendly people.”

stereotype definition

A generalization, usually exaggerated or oversimplified and often offensive, that is used to describe or distinguish a group.

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