stereotype

verb
ste·​reo·​type | \ ˈster-ē-ə-ˌtīp How to pronounce stereotype (audio) , ˈstir- \
stereotyped; stereotyping; stereotypes

Definition of stereotype

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a stereotype from
2a : to repeat without variation : make hackneyed
b : to develop a mental stereotype about

stereotype

noun

Definition of stereotype (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a plate cast from a printing surface
2 : something conforming to a fixed or general pattern especially : a standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment

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Other Words from stereotype

Verb

stereotyper noun

What is the Difference Between cliché and stereotype?

The words cliché and stereotype have a good deal in common. Both come from French, both were originally printers’ terms, and both have come to take on somewhat negative meanings in modern use.

Their original meanings are essentially synonymous, referring to printing blocks from which numerous prints could be made. In fact, cliché means stereotype in French. Their modern meanings, however, are quite distinct. Cliché is today overwhelmingly encountered in reference to something hackneyed, such as an overly familiar or commonplace phrase, theme, or expression. Stereotype is most frequently now employed to refer to an often unfair and untrue belief that many people have about all people or things with a particular characteristic.

Examples of stereotype in a Sentence

Verb It's not fair to stereotype a whole group of people based on one person you don't like. movies have stereotyped the hooker with a heart of gold ad nauseam Noun the stereotype of the absentminded professor the noble savage was a stereotype that appealed to 18th-century intellectuals, who viewed European civilization as decadent and corrupt
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Haughton and Morris contend he was stereotyped because of his race. Washington Post, "Innocent man spent months in jail for bringing honey back to United States," 23 Aug. 2019 His campaign is undeniably significant, considering Asians have been stereotyped as obedient, hard workers rather than strong, pioneering leaders. NBC News, "Comedian Ronny Chieng thinks it's hilarious Americans claim everything 'sucks'," 18 Dec. 2019 Erving Goffman gives a compelling description of how stigma stereotypes a person as abnormal, deformed and dangerous. Bandy X. Lee, The Conversation, "Myths around mental illness cause high rates of unemployment," 12 Dec. 2019 Especially for men, vegetarianism was stereotyped as a wimpy diet for a long-haired draft dodger rebelling against red meat America. Adrienne Bitar, Time, "The Turkey Has Been the Subject of Thanksgiving-Day Arguments for Longer Than You Probably Think," 28 Nov. 2019 The bird’s name is attached to several Australian rules football clubs in the country, including the Collingwood Magpies, whose fans are often stereotyped as particularly belligerent. David Crawshaw, Washington Post, "Angry birds: Swooping Australian magpie causes fatal cyclist crash," 18 Sep. 2019 The bird’s name is attached to several Australian rules football clubs in the country, including the Collingwood Magpies, whose fans are often stereotyped as particularly belligerent. David Crawshaw, Washington Post, "Angry birds: Swooping Australian magpie causes fatal cyclist crash," 18 Sep. 2019 Larkin has previously, obliviously, stereotyped the African American Kendra as lower class and her son as a gangsta. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: ‘American Son’ an absorbing, suspenseful drama about racial profiling at TheaterWorks," 25 Oct. 2019 The bird’s name is attached to several Australian rules football clubs in the country, including the Collingwood Magpies, whose fans are often stereotyped as particularly belligerent. BostonGlobe.com, "It’s springtime Down Under, and along with overexuberant local football fans, that means another annual menace on Australian streets: angry birds.," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The fact that Steve keeps on perpetuating negative stereotypes of Colombians is RACIST. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "Steve Harvey’s cartel jokes about Colombia at the Miss Universe pageant didn’t go over well," 9 Dec. 2019 But these four young people are disproving every negative stereotype. Erica Hernandez, CNN, "Settle in with these weekend reads," 6 Dec. 2019 To explore the costs and benefits of migration, a good spot to start is the only place where one of the populists’ stereotypes—that immigrants are largely criminals—has ever been true: Australia. The Economist, "Migration To make the world richer, let people move," 14 Nov. 2019 Reducing Native women to a fetish is an oppressive, objectifying practice grounded in misogyny, exploitation and the promotion of false, negative stereotypes. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: Dos and Donts," 12 Nov. 2019 Many viewers and African-Americans at CTW believed that the Muppet reinforced negative stereotypes of black children. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian, "The Unmistakable Black Roots of ‘Sesame Street’," 7 Nov. 2019 That experience highlighted the importance of having a space to ask questions, and develop professionally, outside of stereotypes and expectations that can lead to self-doubt. Lily Shaw, Twin Cities, "Startup Showcase: Offering and organizing equal-opportunity hackathons," 3 Nov. 2019 That signature pixie was part of Armitage's rejection of certain dancer stereotypes. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Original “Punk Ballerina” Karole Armitage Teams up with Hairstylist Danilo on a New Dance Work," 25 Oct. 2019 In 2016, Sean started an organization called The Dad Gang, which focuses on tackling the negative stereotypes of black fatherhood through a series of impactful events centered around celebrating active black fathers. Noel Cody, Essence, "5 Black Men Making a Difference in Your Community Today," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of stereotype

Verb

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stereotype

Noun

French stéréotype, from stéré- stere- + type

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Time Traveler for stereotype

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The first known use of stereotype was in 1804

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Last Updated

16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stereotype.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stereotype. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for stereotype

stereotype

verb
How to pronounce stereotype (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stereotype

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same

stereotype

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stereotype (Entry 2 of 2)

: an often unfair and untrue belief that many people have about all people or things with a particular characteristic

stereotype

noun
ste·​reo·​type | \ ˈster-ē-ə-ˌtīp How to pronounce stereotype (audio) , ˈstir- \

Kids Definition of stereotype

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a fixed idea that many people have about a thing or a group that may often be untrue or only partly true

stereotype

verb
ste·​reo·​type
stereotyped; stereotyping

Kids Definition of stereotype (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form a fixed and often untrue or only partly true idea about It's unfair to stereotype people according to where they live.

stereotype

noun
ste·​reo·​type | \ ˈster-ē-ə-ˌtīp How to pronounce stereotype (audio) , ˈstir- How to pronounce stereotype (audio) \

Medical Definition of stereotype

: something conforming to a fixed or general pattern especially : an often oversimplified or biased mental picture held to characterize the typical individual of a group

Other Words from stereotype

stereotype transitive verb stereotyped; stereotyping

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