template

noun

tem·​plate ˈtem-plət How to pronounce template (audio)
1
a(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)

Example Sentences

The software includes templates for common marketing documents like pamphlets and flyers.
Recent Examples on the Web All of which raises the question of whether the Youngkin magic that brought a Republican victory to blue-leaning Virginia is a template that can be repeated for others, like a one-size-fits-all version of his signature red fleece vest. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2022 The state’s crisis guidelines are complex, and give hospitals a legal and ethical template to use while rationing care. NBC News, 8 Sep. 2021 The state's crisis guidelines are complex, and give hospitals a legal and ethical template to use while rationing care. CBS News, 8 Sep. 2021 The state’s crisis guidelines are complex, and give hospitals a legal and ethical template to use while rationing care. Time, 8 Sep. 2021 The state’s crisis guidelines are complex and give hospitals a legal and ethical template to use while rationing care. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2021 The state’s crisis guidelines are complex, and give hospitals a legal and ethical template to use while rationing care. Rebecca Boone, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2021 The rule provides a template that providers can use. Tami Luhby, CNN, 1 July 2021 There is no longer a template for the coming-out story; times have changed and so, fortunately, have the opportunities for new voices to speak. Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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.

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of template was in 1677

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Cite this Entry

“Template.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/template. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

template

noun

tem·​plate ˈtem-plət How to pronounce template (audio)
1
: a gauge, pattern, or mold (as a thin plate or board) used as a guide to the form of a piece being made
2
: something that establishes or serves as a pattern

Medical Definition

template

noun

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