- 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.
- a plate made by this process.
- a set form; convention.
- Sociology. a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group: The cowboy and Indian are American stereotypes.
- to make a stereotype of.
- to characterize or regard as a stereotype: The actor has been stereotyped as a villain.
- to give a fixed form to.
Origin of stereotype
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Examples from the Web for stereotypes
In the face of these stereotypes, the Muslim Writers Collective is one attempt to reclaim the narrative of American Islam.Defying Stereotypes, Young Muslim Writers Find Community Onstage
October 12, 2014
The culture, even just a few years ago, is mostly what the stereotypes say they are.Sororities Finally Take Back the Night
September 12, 2014
With deadlines looming, top campaign staff may lean subconsciously on stereotypes about minorities.Democrats Pay Black Staffers 30% Less
August 11, 2014
For this group, the rest of society, he suggested, exists only “as images and stereotypes.”In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class
August 10, 2014
If America really wants to help Africa grow with trade and investment, it needs to ditch a number of stereotypes it still holds.Why the US-Africa Summit Was Important and Why It Wasn't Enough
August 9, 2014
Stereotypes or electrotypes of single stamps are called clichés.What Philately Teaches
John N. Luff
I have seen Roman stereotypes, or immoveable printing types, with which they stamped their pottery.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)
A successive number of stereotypes can be cast for the same mat before it is injured by the hot metal.
Electrotypes have a distinctly sharper and harder face and are deeper than stereotypes.
Wax is used as the plastic medium in which to mold electrotypes, whereas for stereotypes paper is used.
- 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
- 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
- to make a stereotype of
- to print from a stereotype
- to impart a fixed usage or convention to
Word Origin and History for stereotypes
1798, "method of printing from a plate," from French stéréotype (adj.) "printing by means of a solid plate of type," from Greek stereos "solid" (see sterile) + French type "type." Noun meaning "a stereotype plate" is from 1817. Meaning "image perpetuated without change" is first recorded 1850, from the verb in this sense, which is from 1819. Meaning "preconceived and oversimplified notion of characteristics typical of a person or group" is recorded from 1922. Stereotypical is attested from 1949.
A too-simple and therefore distorted image of a group, such as “Football players are stupid” or “The English are cold and unfriendly people.”
A generalization, usually exaggerated or oversimplified and often offensive, that is used to describe or distinguish a group.