What does stereotype mean?

Definitions for stereotypeˈstɛr i əˌtaɪp, ˈstɪər-

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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"


  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

  5. Origin: [Stereo- + -type: cf. F. strotype.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stereotype

    stē′rē-ō-tīp, n. a solid metallic plate for printing, cast from an impression of movable types, taken on some plastic substance: art of fabricating solid casts in type-metal from pages of movable type.—adj. pertaining to, or done with, stereotypes.—v.t. to make a stereotype of: to print with stereotypes.—p.adj. Stē′reotyped, transferred as letterpress from set-up movable type to a mould, and thence to a metal plate: fixed; unchangeable, as opinions.—ns. Stē′reotyper, Stē′reotypist, one who makes stereotype plates.—adj. Stēreotyp′ic.—ns. Sterēotypog′rapher, a stereotype printer; Stēreotypog′raphy, the art, practice, or business of printing from stereotype plates; Stē′reotypy, the art or employment of making stereotype plates. [Gr. stereos, solid, and type.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stereotype in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stereotype in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hillary Clinton:

    That is a stereotype, that belongs in the alternative reality.

  2. Jean-Michel Jarre:

    A chic type, a rough type, an odd type - but never a stereotype

  3. Rachael Sharman:

    There exists a stereotype that a black person may represent a greater threat.

  4. Michael McBride:

    There’s a stereotype of religions, people think of them as old or ancient, afraid of technology.

  5. Terann Hilow:

    People are going to criticize and stereotype no matter what, I'm still going to do my thing though.

Images & Illustrations of stereotype

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