tem·plate | \ˈtem-plət \

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)

b : overlay sense c

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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Artists are to use the template provided to communicate a colored sketch proposal. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora utility boxes to get artistic touch," 8 June 2018 The revitalized Gateway Arch National Park was dedicated Tuesday, the culmination of a $380 million public-private partnership that Missouri political leaders see as a template for the future of the national park system. Jim Salter, The Seattle Times, "Renovated museum opens as part of $380M Gateway Arch project," 3 July 2018 While the 69-win Diamondbacks do not quite provide a template – no Zack Greinkes or Paul Goldschmidts to build around and the 2017 Padres most certainly did not underachieve – the Twins just might. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "How the Padres could compete in 2018," 5 Oct. 2017 This story is essentially a template for the World Cup knockout stages; at least one of them happens every year. SI.com, "Detractors Calling England's Run 'Easy' Have Failed to Learn Lessons of World Cup History," 10 July 2018 The civil rights organization hopes the case becomes a template for lawsuits in other states where inmates are included in the population counts of areas where they're imprisoned rather than their home districts. Susan Haigh, Fox News, "NAACP alleges inmate count practice weakens urban districts," 28 June 2018 Nobody does this every time, but the start on Monday against a strong lineup is a template for the best version of Keller. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The Royals' most encouraging part of a mostly miserable season," 25 June 2018 The past unionization of metro Detroit janitors, who now number close to 1,700, could be a template for organizing security guards, said Stephanie Arellano, a director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 in Detroit. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's rebound brings surge in downtown security jobs," 14 June 2018 There is no template for building an adventure park in a former granite quarry. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Quarry Park Adventures again delays opening, needs another $1 million," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of template

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for template

probably from French templet, diminutive of temple, part of a loom, probably from Latin templum

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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 \

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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