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Meaning of ARCHETYPE

Pronunciation:  'ârki`tIp

WordNet Dictionary
[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
\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.

         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

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.

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