tem·​plate | \ ˈtem-plət How to pronounce template (audio) \

Definition of template

1a(1) : a gauge, pattern, or mold (such as a thin plate or board) used as a guide to the form of a piece being made
(2) : a molecule (as of DNA) that serves as a pattern for the generation of another macromolecule (such as messenger RNA)
2 : something that establishes or serves as a pattern
3 : a short piece or block placed horizontally in a wall under a beam to distribute its weight or pressure (as over a door)

Examples of template in a Sentence

The software includes templates for common marketing documents like pamphlets and flyers.

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Williams’s hope is that the templates for her interventions will be replicated further. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Duchess of Cornwall Presents the Second Queen Elizabeth II Award for Design to Bethany Williams," 19 Feb. 2019 No Reservations and moved apartments shortly after; sadly, the template and threads got lost in the process. Sheila Marikar, ELLE Decor, "An Ode to the Perverse Pleasure of Needlepoint," 6 Sep. 2018 Both sites have festive templates, tips and worksheets to give your note cards the ultimate makeover. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "8 Tips from Calligraphists to Improve Your Penmanship Before Thank-You Card Time," 25 Dec. 2018 The exceptional thing is that there is no template, no blueprint, no stereotype. Christine M. Flowers, Philly.com, "Can strong women be non-partisan? | Christine Flowers," 24 May 2018 Despite not having talents fitting the template of that traditional primary option, this rookie receiver class has depth and versatility. Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley’s Q&A on the Texans and the 2018 NFL draft," 11 Apr. 2018 On December 27, the Office of Personnel Management tweeted a template letter that workers can use to negotiate payment plans with creditors until their salaries are reinstated. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "5 Ways the Government Shutdown Is Impacting Americans," 3 Jan. 2019 That mill was an incredible tool for cutting out templates and routing cavities for pickups. Popular Mechanics, "Iconic Guitar Builder Loses His Home and Workshop to Flames in Paradise," 16 Nov. 2018 An app called Unfold, which lets users build a story from a variety of templates, has 11 million users, including Stories stars Selena Gomez, Shay Mitchell and soccer player Sergio Ramos. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Viral game-show app HQ Trivia faces some existential questions," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of template

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for template

alteration of earlier templet in same senses (by assimilation to plate entry 1), of uncertain origin

Note: The form templet has been compared with French templet "implement on a loom for stretching cloth during weaving," a diminutive of temple in the same sense, though there is no apparent explanation for the very dissimilar senses. The relation of sense 3 (attested earlier) to sense 1 is unclear.

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English Language Learners Definition of template

: a shape or pattern that is cut out of a hard material (such as metal or plastic) and used to make the same shape and pattern in other pieces of material
computers : a computer document that has the basic format of something (such as a business letter, chart, graph, etc.) and that can be used many different times
: something that is used as an example of how to do, make, or achieve something


tem·​plate | \ ˈtem-plət How to pronounce template (audio) \

Medical Definition of template

1 also templet : a gauge, pattern, or mold used as a guide to the form of a piece being made
2 : a molecule (as of DNA) that serves as a pattern for the synthesis of another macromolecule (as messenger RNA)

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