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)
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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Using templates, cut out cookies and place on the prepared baking sheets. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "100+ Easy Dessert Recipes," 16 Nov. 2018 From 1/4-inch-thick dough, using templates, cut out remaining house pieces. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Mint Chocolate Cookie Dough," 14 Nov. 2018 If that’s still not in your budget, sites like legaltemplates.net, postnuptialagreement.org, and pandadoc.com produce free, automated prenup templates based on state laws. Hannah Hickok, Glamour, "I Got a Prenup—but It Wasn't to Protect My Money," 27 Nov. 2018 This 20-meter rocket, designed to carry thermonuclear weapons, served as a template for the original Delta rockets. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Delta II rocket came, it saw, and for a time it conquered," 17 Sep. 2018 Along with the songs of the late Merle Haggard, Bruce Springsteen’s work serves as a template for bands like the Truckers. Scott Timberg, Vox, "How music has responded to a decade of economic inequality," 30 July 2018 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

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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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