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



    BrE BrE//taɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//taɪp//
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  1. 1  [countable] type (of something) a class or group of people or things that share particular qualities or features and are part of a larger group; a kind or sort different racial types a rare blood type There are three main types of contract(s). Bungalows are a type of house. She mixes with all types of people. She mixes with people of all types. I love this type of book. I love these types of books. (informal) I love these type of books. What do you charge for this type of work? What do you charge for work of this type? It is the first car of its type to have this design feature.
  2. 2[singular] (informal) a person of a particular character, with particular features, etc. She's the artistic type. He's not the type to be unfaithful. She's not my type (= not the kind of person I am usually attracted to).
  3. 3-type (in adjectives) having the qualities or features of the group, person or thing mentioned a police-type badge a continental-type cafe
  4. 4[uncountable] letters that are printed or typed The type was too small for me to read. The important words are in bold type.
  5. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the sense ‘symbol, emblem’): from French, or from Latin typus, from Greek tupos ‘impression, figure, type’, from tuptein ‘to strike’. The use in printing dates from the early 18th cent.; the general sense ‘category with common characteristics’ arose in the mid 19th cent.Extra examples He was the old-fashioned type, well-mannered and always in a suit and tie. I am definitely not the marrying type. Key paragraphs of the report are set in italic type. She’s not really my type—she’s a bit too serious. The bar was crowded with City types in suits. The boss came back from holiday all relaxed and smiling, but now he’s reverting to type. The recession is similar in type to that of ten years ago. There are various types of daffodil(s). This exercise is the hardest of its type. True to type, Adam turned up an hour late. Two broad types of approach can be identified. West Coast media types a country inn of a type that has all but vanished a novel type of sculpture certain types of cancer the ideal type of helmet for caving He mixes with all types of people. He’s not the type to be unfaithful. How much do you charge for this type of work? New types of genetic forms can now be developed. She hangs around with all those artistic types. She has a very rare blood type. She’s not my type. This is a new formula for all skin types. This is the oldest existing shrine of its type. What type of car do you drive? You can divide his novels into three main types.
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