Definitions for stereotypeˈstɛr i əˌtaɪp, ˈstɪər-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ster•e•o•typeˈstɛr i əˌtaɪp, ˈstɪər-(n.; v.)-typed, -typ•ing.

  1. (n.)a process for making printing plates by taking a mold of composed type and casting type metal from the mold. a plate made in this manner.

    Category: Printing

  2. an idea, expression, etc., lacking in originality or inventiveness; convention.

    Category: Sociology

  3. a simplified and standardized conception or image of a person, group, etc., held in common by members of a group:

    the stereotypes that society has of the mentally ill.

    Category: Sociology

  4. (v.t.)to make a stereotype of.

    Category: Printing, Sociology

  5. to give a fixed form to.

    Category: Sociology

Origin of stereotype:


ster`e•o•typ′ic-ˈtɪp ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stereotype(verb)

    a conventional or formulaic conception or image

    "regional stereotypes have been part of America since its founding"

  2. pigeonhole, stereotype, stamp(verb)

    treat or classify according to a mental stereotype

    "I was stereotyped as a lazy Southern European"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stereotype(noun)ˈstɛr i əˌtaɪp, ˈstɪər-

    an idea of what sb or sth is typically like, especially when this is not true or fair

    ethnic/gender stereotypes; the stereotype of the stupid blond

  2. stereotype(verb)ˈstɛr i əˌtaɪp, ˈstɪər-

    to have an of idea of sb that is an unfair stereotype

    Teenagers feel they are stereotyped as thugs by the media.


  1. stereotype(Noun)

    A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

  2. stereotype(Noun)

    A person who is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type.

  3. stereotype(Noun)

    A metal printing plate cast from a matrix moulded from a raised printing surface.

  4. stereotype(Verb)

    : To make a stereotype of someone or something, or characterize someone by a stereotype.

  5. stereotype(Verb)

    : To print from a stereotype.

  6. Origin: Derived from stéréotype.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stereotype(noun)

    a plate forming an exact faximile of a page of type or of an engraving, used in printing books, etc.; specifically, a plate with type-metal face, used for printing

  2. Stereotype(noun)

    the art or process of making such plates, or of executing work by means of them

  3. Stereotype(verb)

    to prepare for printing in stereotype; to make the stereotype plates of; as, to stereotype the Bible

  4. Stereotype(verb)

    fig.: To make firm or permanent; to fix


  1. Stereotype

    A stereotype is a thought that may be adopted about specific types of individuals or certain ways of doing things, but that belief may or may not accurately reflect reality. However, this is only a fundamental psychological definition of a stereotype. Within and across different psychology disciplines, there are different concepts and theories of stereotyping that provide their own expanded definition. Some of these definitions share commonalities, though each one may also harbor unique aspects that may complement or contradict the others.


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