Archetype - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɑːkitaɪp|  American pronunciation of the word archetype
Brit.  |ˈɑːkɪtʌɪp|  British pronunciation of the word archetype

noun

- something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies (syn: original, pilot)

Examples

He is the archetype of a successful businessman.

an archetype of the modern family

France is the archetype of the centralized nation-state.

Byron was the archetypal Romantic hero.

It was described as an archetype of the interior design of the period.

The film was one of the archetypes of the American Western.

...a campaign to make the bibulous fraternity brother a collegiate archetype of the past...

Word forms

noun
singular: archetype
plural: archetypes
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