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From French stéréotype.


  • IPA(key): /ˈstɛ.ɹi.əˌtaɪp/, /ˈstɪə.ɹi.əˌtaɪp/


stereotype (countable and uncountable, plural stereotypes)

  1. A conventional, formulaic, and often oversimplified or exaggerated conception, opinion, or image of (a person).
  2. (psychology) A person who is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type.
  3. (printing) A metal printing plate cast from a matrix moulded from a raised printing surface.
  4. (computing, UML) An extensibility mechanism of the Unified Modeling Language, allowing a new element to be derived from an existing one with added specializations.



stereotype (third-person singular simple present stereotypes, present participle stereotyping, simple past and past participle stereotyped)

  1. (transitive) To make a stereotype of someone or something, or characterize someone by a stereotype.
  2. (transitive) To prepare for printing in stereotype; to produce stereotype plates of.
    to stereotype the Bible
  3. (transitive) To print from a stereotype.
  4. (transitive, figuratively) To make firm or permanent; to fix.
    • Duke of Argyll (1887)
      Powerful causes tending to stereotype and aggravate the poverty of old conditions.


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