pro·​to·​typ·​i·​cal ˌprō-tə-ˈti-pi-kəl How to pronounce prototypical (audio)
variants or less commonly prototypic
: of, relating to, or being a prototype
prototypically adverb

Examples of prototypical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her goal was, and is, the prototypical better American life for them both, with social mobility requiring a constant push on an upward trajectory. Christopher Smith, Orange County Register, 13 May 2024 What to know: Bell isn’t the prototypical tight end. Daniel Oyefusi, Miami Herald, 19 Apr. 2024 His prototypical size, elite arm talent and ability as a runner are the combination of tools teams normally invest a pick this valuable in. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2024 Death camps and Lebensraum—that’s internal cleansing and external expansion, of the prototypical fascist variety. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2024 Cucinelli unveiled the glasses in prototypical Italian style, inviting his friends, family, and members of the press to a historic villa in Rome. Max Berlinger, Robb Report, 26 Mar. 2024 Her hairstylist, Louis Souvestre (known for FKA Twigs’ prototypical styles), straightened on a jagged blonde wig with a bang inspired by sickled weaponry. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 25 Mar. 2024 Guyton is a former defensive end who primarily played right tackle for the Sooners, but has the prototypical size (6-8, 322) and premium athletic traits to switch to the left side in the pros. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Mar. 2024 Another prototypical American brand, the Coca-Cola Company, has a pay gap of 1,594 to one. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prototypical was in 1650

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Cite this Entry

“Prototypical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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