stereotype[ster′ē ə tīp′, stir′-]
- The definition of a stereotype is a well-known idea or image of a person or idea that is held by a number of people.
An example of stereotype is that blonde-haired women are dumb.
- Stereotype is defined as to attach an idea or image to a person who belong to a particular group.
An example of stereotype is saying that a group of Italians are members of the mafia.
Dumb blonde is an unkind stereotype.
- a one-piece printing plate cast in type metal from a mold (matrix) taken of a printing surface, as a page of set type
- an unvarying form or pattern; specif., a fixed or conventional notion or conception, as of a person, group, idea, etc., held by a number of people, and allowing for no individuality, critical judgment, etc.
Origin of stereotypeFrench adjective stéréotype: see stereo- and amp; -type
- A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.
- One that is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type.
- Printing A metal printing plate cast from a matrix molded from a raised printing surface, such as type.
transitive verbster·e·o·typed, ster·e·o·typ·ing, ster·e·o·types
- To make a stereotype of.
- To characterize by a stereotype: “Elderly Americans are the neglected sector of the fashion industry, stereotyped by blue hair and polyester pantsuits” (American Demographics).
- To give a fixed, unvarying form to.
- To print from a stereotype.
Origin of stereotypeFrench stéréotype, stereotype printing : stéréo-, solid (from Greek stereo-; see stereo–) + type, printing type (from Old French, symbol, from Late Latin typus; see type).
- ster′e·o·typ′ic , ster′e·o·typ′i·cal
(third-person singular simple present stereotypes, present participle stereotyping, simple past and past participle stereotyped)
Derived from French stéréotype.