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Meaning of ARCHETYPE

Pronunciation:  'ârki`tIp

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  an original model on which something is patterned
 

ARCHETYPE is a 9 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: original, pilot
 
 See Also: example, model

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ar"che*type\ ([aum]r"k[-e]*t[imac]p), n. [L.
archetypum, Gr. 'arche`typon, fr. 'arche`typos stamped first
and as model; 'arche = 'archi + ty`pos stamp, figure,
pattern, ty`ptein to strike: cf. F. arch['e]type. See
{Arch-}, pref.]
1. The original pattern or model of a work; or the model from
   which a thing is made or formed.

         The House of Commons, the archetype of all the
         representative assemblies which now meet.
                                               --Macaulay.

         Types and shadows of that glorious archetype that
         was to come into the world.           --South.

2. (Coinage) The standard weight or coin by which others are
   adjusted.

3. (Biol.) The plan or fundamental structure on which a
   natural group of animals or plants or their systems of
   organs are assumed to have been constructed; as, the
   vertebrate archetype.

 
Glossary
 
 Definition: the divine plan or blueprint for a species or higher taxonomic category.
 
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