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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But using the same template, nu-metal bands borrowed shamelessly from hip-hop and electronic music, with little regard for good taste, respectability, or rock’s traditional values. Richard S. He, Billboard, "August 18, 1998: Korn, Kid Rock, Orgy & The Biggest Day in Nu-Metal History," 30 May 2018 The strikes that began in May 1968 became the template for social protest in contemporary France, and although the fervent anti-establishment sentiments have faded, the mentality of struggle still resonates. New York Times, "Printing a Revolution: The Posters of Paris ’68," 4 May 2018 Tuesday’s Rays-Marlins game followed this template very, very well. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "The Rays and Marlins Played An Incredibly Strange Game on Tuesday Night," 4 July 2018 Regardless of president, sport, or team, these White House visits tend to follow a template. Katherine Nails, Philly.com, "Trump again breaks tradition by rescinding Eagles' invitation to White House," 5 June 2018 His latest media tour, while following much the same template, has failed to have any kind of mollifying effect, neither externally nor internally. Felix Salmon, WIRED, "The Case for A Zuck-Free Facebook," 3 Apr. 2018 Hines said he is involved in producing a video about the history of Saginaw County that could be used as a template for Michigan's 82 other counties. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Does anyone running for governor have a new idea? We asked the candidates," 6 July 2018 Users can use existing templates, or design something original and upload to the app. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Happy #SMDay! These are our favorite social-media innovations," 30 June 2018 Peter Evans’ blazing trumpet, from its first notes, blew a howl of protest at being hurled into the world as a biological template, one of millions of such patterns, with no instructions on the way forward. Marcus Overton, sandiegouniontribune.com, "La Jolla Symphony & Chorus close season with trademark eclecticism," 10 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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