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stereotype

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

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.

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

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RELATED WORDS

pigeonhole, systematize, standardize, dub, institutionalize, catalogue, regulate, define, normalize, typecast, conventionalize, methodize

Nearby words

stereotape, stereotaxic, stereotaxis, stereotomy, stereotropism, stereotype, stereotyped, stereotypical, stereotypy, stereovision, steric

Origin of stereotype

First recorded in 1790–1800; stereo- + -type
SYNONYMS FOR stereotype
Related formsster·e·o·typ·er, ster·e·o·typ·ist, nounster·e·o·typ·ic [ster-ee-uh-tip-ik, steer-] /ˌstɛr i əˈtɪp ɪk, ˌstɪər-/, ster·e·o·typ·i·cal, adjectivenon·ster·e·o·typ·ic, adjectivenon·ster·e·o·typ·i·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stereotyping

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 Formsstereotyper or stereotypist, nounstereotypic (ˌstɛrɪə ˈtɪpɪk, ˌstɪər-) or stereotypical, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stereotyping

stereotype


n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for stereotyping (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.”

Culture definitions for stereotyping (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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