pro·​to·​typ·​i·​cal | \ ˌprō-tə-ˈti-pi-kəl How to pronounce prototypical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly prototypic \ ˌprō-​tə-​ˈti-​pik How to pronounce prototypical (audio) \

Definition of prototypical

: of, relating to, or being a prototype

Other Words from prototypical

prototypically \ ˌprō-​tə-​ˈti-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce prototypical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of prototypical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chef Luca Cianciulli and his business partner and wife, Maxime Landry, have created the prototypical neighborhood restaurant in Villeray with a menu dedicated to Italian comfort classics. Mia Leimkuhler, Bon Appétit, 8 Sep. 2022 Both became prototypical Los Angeles restaurants with global influence. Laurie Ochoa, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2022 The Palace's rehearsal space, Trubshaw's converted den, is prototypical in purpose — small, hot, sweaty. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Sep. 2022 The prototypical Chromebook is a small and inexpensive laptop, and while the $399 starting price for the IdeaPad 5i Chromebook isn’t high, the machine can be equipped with more serious parts than the usual ChromeOS offerings. Matthew Buzzi, PCMAG, 1 Sep. 2022 The Mar-a-Lago investigation continues to be a prototypical comedy — or tragedy? — of errors on the part of both the FBI and Trump. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 1 Sep. 2022 On one of their early sojourns, Hosfelt saw a plot of land that contained the hallmarks of the prototypical California landscape of rolling hills and old oaks. Sunset Magazine, 31 Aug. 2022 The body that Palmer possesses is prototypical for an NFL receiver and one UAB hopes to utilize with a frosty group of receivers joining the fray. Evan Dudley, al, 10 Aug. 2022 The prototypical example of trust between dog and owner is food. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 25 Apr. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of prototypical

1650, in the meaning defined above

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“Prototypical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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