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

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 domineering mother-in-law 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This could hold especially true for Black girls, whom white authority figures already tend to stereotype as masculine, according to previous research. NBC News, 1 Mar. 2022 Smith acquiesces to contemporary platitudes that stereotype the black male work ethic as churlish and autocratic, confusing those traits with strength. Armond White, National Review, 11 Feb. 2022 But labels also can be weaponized to stereotype and criticize. Mike Bass, The Enquirer, 7 Jan. 2022 Jakes, who operated stores in Atlanta from 1991 to 2016, said it’s a problem that Kempczinski felt comfortable making those remarks, which stereotype people of color. Jared Council, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 At first glance, Jo’s Modern Thai can be easy to stereotype as a dime-a-dozen Asian fusion restaurant. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Oct. 2021 Age bias and discrimination occur whenever age is used to stereotype or discriminate against others. Sheila Callaham, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 Yet after serving their employer for a certain period of time and advancing well in one particular environment, many may be surprised at how prospective employers and executive recruiters will stereotype them. Shuchi Sarkar, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 But it’s not just right-wing bigots who stereotype Muslims and Muslim-majority nations. Audrey Clare Farley, The New Republic, 25 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The reality is that even within her own culture, Yailin is perceived as whatever stereotype and caricature people have in their minds of Black caribeñas. Melania Luisa Marte, refinery29.com, 23 Feb. 2022 Unfortunately, the behaviors of many companies — big and small alike — perpetuate this stereotype. Allison Walsh, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Maxwell added that this stereotype has proven deadly for some Black men. Morgan Cook, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2021 It’s sort of like how there’s this stereotype of mafia guys in the U.S. watching The Godfather and The Sopranos to see their life on film. Noah Hurowitz, Rolling Stone, 3 Nov. 2021 The stereotype goes that Gen Z employees are notoriously loud about wanting better working conditions than previous generations. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 2 May 2022 Likewise, Labrador retriever owners tended to say their pets were social around humans, in line with the stereotype that the breed is friendly and outgoing. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2022 Likewise, Labrador retriever owners tended to say their pets were social around humans, in line with the stereotype that the breed is friendly and outgoing. Corinne Purtillstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Tight canyon-crawling is usually the domain of narrow Wrangler Rubicons — but the Silverado defies the stereotype. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for stereotype

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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