pro·to·type noun \ˈprō-tə-ˌtīp\
: an original or first model of something from which other forms are copied or developed
: someone or something that has the typical qualities of a particular group, kind, etc.
: a first or early example that is used as a model for what comes later
: an original model on which something is patterned : archetype
: an individual that exhibits the essential features of a later type
: a standard or typical example
: a first full-scale and usually functional form of a new type or design of a construction (as an airplane)
Examples of PROTOTYPE
- They tested the prototype of the car.
- He is developing a prototype for his invention.
- He is the prototype of a conservative businessman.
- The Sherlock Holmes stories are the prototypes of modern detective stories.
Origin of PROTOTYPE
French, from Greek prōtotypon,
from neuter of prōtotypos
archetypal, from prōt-
First Known Use: 1552
Rhymes with PROTOTYPE
, corncob pipe
, tuning pipe
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