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  1. an earlier form; prototype.
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Origin of antetype

First recorded in 1605–15; ante- + type
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Historical Examples

  • As he learnt to see through Nature to her antetype, so he learnt to see through physical beauty.

    William Blake

    Charles Gardner

  • The spirit inherited from some remote Hambletonian antetype flames in his nostrils.

British Dictionary definitions for antetype


  1. an earlier form; prototype
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