Definition of archetype noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɑːkitaɪp//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːrkitaɪp//
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the most typical or perfect example of a particular kind of person or thing She is the archetype of an American movie star. Word Originmid 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek arkhetupon ‘something moulded first as a model’, from arkhe- ‘primitive’ + tupos ‘a model’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: archetype