Simple Definition of archetype
: a perfect example of something
Full Definition of archetype
1 : the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies : prototype; also : a perfect example
2 : idea 1a
3 : an inherited idea or mode of thought in the psychology of C. G. Jung that is derived from the experience of the race and is present in the unconscious of the individual
Examples of archetype
He is the archetype of a successful businessman.
an archetype of the modern family
Origin of archetype
Latin archetypum, from Greek archetypon, from neuter of archetypos archetypal, from archein + typos type
First Known Use: 1545
Medical Definition of archetype
1a: a primitive generalized plan of structure deduced from the characters of a natural group of plants or animals and assumed to be the characteristic of the ancestor from which they are all descendedb: the original ancestor of a group of plants or animals
2: an inherited idea or mode of thought in the psychology of C. G. Jung that is derived from the experience of the race and is present in the unconscious of the individual
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