- the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype.
- (in Jungian psychology) a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches.
Origin of archetype
Examples from the Web for archetype
Your main character breaks free from the archetype of the African-American novel: David is not black.Living Black & Gay in the ’50s
December 3, 2014
The calavera, or decorated skull, is an archetype of Mexican popular culture.New Orleans’ Carnivalesque Day of the Dead
November 1, 2014
Roll Royce—you would expect nothing less from such a British archetype, right?Nationalism on Four Wheels
October 18, 2014
I believe an archetype was born in those years, that of the doughty British woman—proud, opinionated, but with a heart of gold.The Tragic, Heroic Women of World War I
June 29, 2014
Every episode ended with a heartfelt PSA, every character was an archetype, and every scene presented a new teenaged dilemma.Shailene Woodley Is Hollywood’s It Girl Next Door
June 5, 2014
With them we think of the artificial as the archetype; the earth-born as the erratic exception.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
In what relation does the archetype stand to the Creator himself?Timaeus
Such adaptations are, so to speak, grafted on the archetype.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
One program is the archetype for all the word processing that ever existed.The Civilization of Illiteracy
Nay, more, it is not only our mirror but our archetype for every thing.
- a perfect or typical specimen
- an original model or pattern; prototype
- psychoanal one of the inherited mental images postulated by Jung as the content of the collective unconscious
- a constantly recurring symbol or motif in literature, painting, etc
Word Origin and History for archetype
"original pattern from which copies are made," 1540s, from Latin archetypum, from Greek arkhetypon "pattern, model, figure on a seal," neuter of adjective arkhetypos "first-moulded," from arkhe- "first" (see archon) + typos "model, type, blow, mark of a blow" (see type). Jungian psychology sense of "pervasive idea or image from the collective unconscious" is from 1919.
- An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned.
- 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.imago