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  1. the doctrine or study of types or prefigurative symbols, especially in scriptural literature.
  2. a systematic classification or study of types.
  3. symbolism.
  4. Linguistics. the study and classification of languages according to structural features, especially patterns of phonology, morphology, and syntax, without reference to their histories.
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Origin of typology

First recorded in 1835–45; typo- + -logy
Related formsty·po·log·i·cal [tahy-puh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌtaɪ pəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, ty·po·log·ic, adjectivety·po·log·i·cal·ly, adverbty·pol·o·gist, noun
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Related Words for typology

categorization, classification, analysis, arrangement, codification, designation, order, sorting, taxonomy, comparison, profile, benchmark

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Historical Examples of typology

  • What a marvelous unfolding of Old Testament typology in the Hebrews!

    The Theology of Holiness

    Dougan Clark

  • The author who delights in typology is bent upon showing that the cross is prefigured in the Old Testament.

  • It merely points up the fact that Western terminology and typology might be rexamined.

  • Typology (L)—a study of arrangement of specimens separated into types.

British Dictionary definitions for typology


  1. mainly Christian theol the doctrine or study of types or of the correspondence between them and the realities which they typify
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Derived Formstypological (ˌtaɪpəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or typologic, adjectivetypologically, adverbtypologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for typology


1845, from Greek typos (see type (n.)) + -ology.

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