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.
Recent Examples on the Web Austen adaptation very much set the template for what would become one of her signature onscreen gifts. Manuel Betancourt, Vulture, 27 May 2021 After languishing for the past four years under Donald Trump, how the Justice Department develops its intervention in Minneapolis could set the template for what a new generation of federal pattern-and-practice litigation looks like. Nick Pinto, The New Republic, 26 May 2021 The Arizona audit has been cited as a template for the others, though each is distinct. Kate Brumback And Nicholas Riccardi, The Arizona Republic, 26 May 2021 The club views that as testament to the work of the radio team, but not as a template for the future. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 21 May 2021 Once the tread is out, use it as a template for cutting a new tread. Washington Post, 10 May 2021 Stanciak used her painting of a forest with evergreen trees, stars and the moon as a template and the audience followed along doing their own art from home. Janice Neumann, chicagotribune.com, 4 May 2021 That start largely set the template for a long and storied career that has included a Grammy Award in 1988, and he was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 2016. Martin Johnson, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2021 Karl Lagerfeld’s transformation of Chanel from bougie to buzzy set a template for rebranding that has only begun to change recently. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 18 Dec. 2020

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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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“Template.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/template. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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