an earlier form; prototype.

Origin of antetype

First recorded in 1605–15; ante- + type Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for antetype

Historical Examples of antetype

  • 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



an earlier form; prototype
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