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Meaning of stereotype by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Derived from French stéréotype .


    stereotype ( plural: stereotypes )

    1. A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image .
    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 .

Explanation of stereotype by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. treat or classify according to a mental stereotype

    2. I was stereotyped as a lazy Southern European
    1. a conventional or formulaic conception or image

    2. regional stereotypes have been part of America since its founding

    Definition of stereotype by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Stereotype n. [Stereo- + -type: cf. F. stéréotype.]
      1. A plate forming an exact faximile of a page of type or of an engraving, used in printing books, etc.; specifically, a plate with type-metal face, used for printing.

      ☞ A stereotype, or stereotypr plate, is made by setting movable type as for ordinary printing; from these a cast is taken in plaster of Paris, paper pulp, or the like, and upon this cast melted type metal is poured, which, when hardened, makes a solid page or column, from which the impression is taken as from type.

      2. The art or process of making such plates, or of executing work by means of them.

      Stereotype block, a block, usually of wood, to which a stereotype plate is attached while being used in printing.

    2. Stereotype, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stereotyped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Stereotyping] [Cf. F. stéréotyper.]
      1. To prepare for printing in stereotype; to make the stereotype plates of; as, “to stereotype the Bible”.

      2. Fig.: To make firm or permanent; to fix.

      Powerful causes tending to stereotype and aggravate the poverty of old conditions. Duke of Argyll ( 1887 ).