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stereotype

[ ster-ee-uh-tahyp, steer- ]
/ ˈstɛr i əˌtaɪp, ˈstɪər- /
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noun

a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group: Cowboys and Indians are American stereotypes.
a set form; convention: Most important for lexicographers are the idiomatic stereotypes whose meaning cannot be inferred from knowledge of the meanings of the individual items.
Printing.
  1. a process, now often replaced by more advanced methods, for making metal printing plates by taking a mold of composed type or the like in papier-mâché or other material and then taking from this mold a cast in type metal.
  2. a plate made by this process.

verb (used with object), ster·e·o·typed, ster·e·o·typ·ing.

to characterize or regard as a stereotype: The actor has been stereotyped as a villain.
to give a fixed form to.
Printing. to make a stereotype of.

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Origin of stereotype

First recorded in 1790–1800; stereo- + -type

OTHER WORDS FROM stereotype

ster·e·o·typ·er, ster·e·o·typ·ist, nounster·e·o·typ·i·cal, ster·e·o·typ·ic [ster-ee-uh-tip-ik, steer-], /ˌstɛr i əˈtɪp ɪk, ˌstɪər-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stereotype

stereotype
/ (ˈstɛrɪəˌtaɪp, ˈstɪər-) /

noun

  1. a method of producing cast-metal printing plates from a mould made from a forme of type matter in papier-mâché or some other material
  2. the plate so made
another word for stereotypy
an idea, trait, convention, etc, that has grown stale through fixed usage
sociol a set of inaccurate, simplistic generalizations about a group that allows others to categorize them and treat them accordingly

verb (tr)

  1. to make a stereotype of
  2. to print from a stereotype
to impart a fixed usage or convention to

Derived forms of stereotype

stereotyper or stereotypist, nounstereotypic (ˌstɛrɪə ˈtɪpɪk, ˌstɪər-) or stereotypical, adjective
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Cultural definitions for stereotype (1 of 2)

stereotype

A too-simple and therefore distorted image of a group, such as “Football players are stupid” or “The English are cold and unfriendly people.”

Cultural definitions for stereotype (2 of 2)

stereotype

A generalization, usually exaggerated or oversimplified and often offensive, that is used to describe or distinguish a group.

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