noun, often attributive \ˈtīp\

: a particular kind or group of things or people

: a particular kind of person

: printed letters

Full Definition of TYPE

a :  a person or thing (as in the Old Testament) believed to foreshadow another (as in the New Testament)
b :  one having qualities of a higher category :  model
c :  a lower taxonomic category selected as a standard of reference for a higher category; also :  a specimen or series of specimens on which a taxonomic species or subspecies is actually based
:  a distinctive mark or sign
a (1) :  a rectangular block usually of metal bearing a relief character from which an inked print can be made (2) :  a collection of such blocks <a font of type> (3) :  alphanumeric characters for printing <the type for this book has been photoset>
b :  typeface <italic type>
c :  printed letters
d :  matter set in type
a :  qualities common to a number of individuals that distinguish them as an identifiable class: as (1) :  the morphological, physiological, or ecological characters by which relationship between organisms may be recognized (2) :  the form common to all instances of a linguistic element
b :  a typical and often superior specimen
c :  a member of an indicated class or variety of people <the guests were mostly urban types — Lucy Cook>
d :  a particular kind, class, or group <oranges of the seedless type> <leaders of the new type…did England yeoman's service — G. M. Trevelyan>
e :  something distinguishable as a variety :  sort <what type of food do you like?>

Examples of TYPE

  1. We were not prepared to face this type of crisis.
  2. We studied various types of trees.
  3. a seedless type of orange
  4. He only likes two types of music.
  5. She likes all types of books.

Origin of TYPE

Middle English, from Late Latin typus, from Latin & Greek; Latin typus image, from Greek typos blow, impression, model, from typtein to strike, beat; akin to Sanskrit tupati he injures and probably to Latin stupēre to be benumbed
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of TYPE

type, kind, sort, nature, description, character mean a number of individuals thought of as a group because of a common quality or qualities. type may suggest strong and clearly marked similarity throughout the items included so that each is typical of the group <one of three basic body types>. kind may suggest natural grouping <a zoo seemingly having animals of every kind>. sort often suggests some disparagement <the sort of newspaper dealing in sensational stories>. nature may imply inherent, essential resemblance rather than obvious or superficial likenesses <two problems of a similar nature>. description implies a group marked by agreement in all details belonging to a type as described or defined <not all acts of that description are actually illegal>. character implies a group marked by distinctive likenesses peculiar to the type <research on the subject so far has been of an elementary character>.

Other Printing Terms

epigraph, errata, leader, mechanical, notch, tittle, underscore, widow

Rhymes with TYPE



: to write with a computer keyboard or typewriter

: to find out what group something is in


Full Definition of TYPE

transitive verb
:  to represent beforehand as a type :  prefigure
a :  to produce a copy of
b :  to represent in terms of typical characteristics :  typify
:  to produce (as a character or document) using a keyboard (as on a typewriter or computer); also :  keyboard
:  to identify as belonging to a type: as
a :  to determine the natural type of (as a blood sample)
b :  typecast
intransitive verb
:  to write something on a typewriter or enter data into a computer by way of a keyboard
type·able \ˈtī-pə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of TYPE

  1. How fast can you type?
  2. I never learned how to type.
  3. She asked her secretary to type a memo.

First Known Use of TYPE

TYPED Defined for Kids


noun \ˈtīp\

Definition of TYPE for Kids

:  a particular kind or group of things or people :  variety <a seedless type of orange> <He likes all types of books.>
:  a set of letters or figures that are used for printing or the letters or figures printed by them
:  the special qualities or characteristics by which members of a group are set apart from other groups <plants grouped by type>



Definition of TYPE for Kids

:  to write with a keyboard (as on computer or typewriter)
:  to identify as belonging to a certain group


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