[ ahr-ki-tahy-puh l ]
/ ˌɑr kɪˈtaɪ pəl /


of or having the nature of an archetype, or original model or prototype: an archetypal evil stepmother.
Sometimes ar·che·typ·i·cal [ahr-ki-tip-i-kuh l] /ˌɑr kɪˈtɪp ɪ kəl/, ar·che·typ·ic.

Origin of archetypal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for archetypal


archetypical (ˌɑːkɪˈtɪpɪkəl)

/ (ˌɑːkɪˈtaɪpəl) /


perfect or typical as a specimen of something
being an original model or pattern or a prototype
psychoanal of or relating to Jungian archetypes
constantly recurring as a symbol or motif in literature, painting, etc

Derived forms of archetypal

archetypally or archetypically, adverb
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