- of the nature of or serving as a type or representative specimen.
- conforming to a particular type.
- Biology. exemplifying most nearly the essential characteristics of a higher group in natural history, and forming the type: the typical genus of a family.
- characteristic or distinctive: He has the mannerisms typical of his class.
- pertaining to, of the nature of, or serving as a type or emblem; symbolic.
Origin of typical
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Examples from the Web for typical
In the absence of typical classrooms and curriculums, West Africans have opted for alternate methods of learning and education.The Radio Battle to Educate Ebola’s Kids
December 11, 2014
Working there gave him his first experience of attention (he was much younger than your typical auctioneer).William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty
December 10, 2014
This 16 percent, known as the “cut,” is colorless in nature, and it is “reaped” with a typical alcohol content of 69.8 percent.When It Comes to Great Whisky, The Size of Your Still Matters
December 9, 2014
The typical music video you find on YouTube is colloquially called “YouTube Poop” for a reason.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer
December 3, 2014
Religious leaders were there, Logan said, but not all of them were dressed in typical preacher garb.The Baptism of Michael Brown Sr. and Ferguson’s Baptism by Fire
November 27, 2014
The fate of the ancestor had been typical of that of his descendants.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
In the lives of great men the typical tragedies are likely to repeat themselves.The Man Shakespeare
It was not the typical fur town of the Far North, but it lay at the threshold.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Edith Longworth could hardly be said to be a typical representative of the English girl.
They have been largely copied as typical examples of American humour.
- being or serving as a representative example of a particular type; characteristicthe painting is a typical Rembrandt
- considered to be an example of some undesirable traitthat is typical of you!
- of or relating to a representative specimen or type
- conforming to a type
- biology having most of the characteristics of a particular taxonomic groupa typical species of a genus
Word Origin and History for typical
c.1600, "symbolic, emblematic," from Medieval Latin typicalis "symbolic," from Late Latin typicus "of or pertaining to a type," from Greek typikos, from typos "impression" (see type (n.)). Sense of "characteristic" is first recorded 1850. Related: Typically.