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 The downloadable guide includes a step-by-step guide to trip planning, checklist, trip template, and an emergency plan. BostonGlobe.com, "How to plan a national park visit in 2021," 8 Apr. 2021 The Gaetz drama has become an inflection point for the GOP — testing whether the party can extricate itself from the most troublesome Trump hangers-on, or if the former president has created an effective template for their durability. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Amid sex trafficking probe, Matt Gaetz tests the limits of the Trump playbook," 7 Apr. 2021 Court TV is looking to a template that dominated in the 1990s — a brutal crime, a compelling victim, controversial police work and a heavy vibration of race — but updating it for today. Washington Post, "With Derek Chauvin’s trial, Court TV is back," 7 Mar. 2021 An employee creates a generic project template and classifies it as public. Jeff Capone, Forbes, "Why Data Classification Should Not Depend On Users," 10 Mar. 2021 That success in creating public-private partnerships, drawing upon her roles in both sectors, has provided her with both the experience and template for a path forward for an economy that works for both capital and labor. NBC News, "Newly sworn-in Commerce Secretary Raimondo pledges to get Americans back to work," 4 Mar. 2021 For more information and to download the call, application and template, visit shakerartscouncil.org. cleveland, "Join the Zoom conversations to discuss the future of Noble Library: Press Run," 26 Feb. 2021 Meeting templates: Using the roundtable meeting template, for example, every participant will have the opportunity to speak once before anyone speaks twice. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Webex beefs up its features to stay competitive with Zoom," 8 Dec. 2020 That might be an ambitious template for refined products, which have already seen eight straight months of inventory draws and still have some 400 million barrels more in tanks than their pre-pandemic levels. Dan Eberhart, Forbes, "Oil’s Remarkable Price Run Is Just Beginning," 1 Mar. 2021

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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 19 Apr. 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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