noun, often attributive
\ˈtīp \

Definition of type 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a particular kind, class, or group oranges of the seedless type leaders of the new type … did England yeoman's service— G. M. Trevelyan

b : something distinguishable as a variety : sort what type of food do you like?

c : a member of an indicated class or variety of people the guests were mostly urban types— Lucy Cook

d : a typical and often superior specimen

e : qualities common to a number of individuals that distinguish them as an identifiable class: such as

(1) : the morphological, physiological, or ecological characters by which relationship between organisms may be recognized

(2) : the form common to all instances of a linguistic element

2a : printed letters

b(1) : a rectangular block usually of metal bearing a relief character from which an inked print can be made

(2) : a collection of such blocks a font of type

(3) : alphanumeric characters for printing the type for this book has been photoset

c : typeface italic type

d : matter set in type

3 : a distinctive mark or sign

4a : a person or thing (as in the Old Testament) believed to foreshadow another (as in the New Testament)

b : one having qualities of a higher category : model

c : a lower taxonomic category selected as a standard of reference for a higher category also : a specimen or series of specimens on which a taxonomic species or subspecies is actually based


typed; typing

Definition of type (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to write something on a typewriter or enter data into a computer by way of a keyboard

transitive verb

1 : to produce (a character, a document, etc.) using a keyboard (as on a typewriter or computer) also : keyboard

2 : to identify as belonging to a type: such as

a : to determine the natural type of (as a blood sample)

b : typecast

3a : to produce a copy of

b : to represent in terms of typical characteristics : typify

4 : to represent beforehand as a type : prefigure

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typeable \ˈtī-pə-bəl \ adjective

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type, kind, sort, nature, description, character mean a number of individuals thought of as a group because of a common quality or qualities. type may suggest strong and clearly marked similarity throughout the items included so that each is typical of the group. one of three basic body types kind may suggest natural grouping. a zoo seemingly having animals of every kind sort often suggests some disparagement. the sort of newspaper dealing in sensational stories nature may imply inherent, essential resemblance rather than obvious or superficial likenesses. two problems of a similar nature description implies a group marked by agreement in all details belonging to a type as described or defined. not all acts of that description are actually illegal character implies a group marked by distinctive likenesses peculiar to the type. research on the subject so far has been of an elementary character

Examples of type in a Sentence


We were not prepared to face this type of crisis. We studied various types of trees. a seedless type of orange He only likes two types of music. She likes all types of books.


How fast can you type? I never learned how to type. She asked her secretary to type a memo.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Make sure the details your agent have are accurate: the square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the type of flooring. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Do you have enough homeowner insurance? Here's how to find out," 13 July 2018 Symptoms resemble other types of pneumonia and can include fever, chills, muscle aches and cough. Carl Campanile, Fox News, "Legionnaires' outbreak sickens 8 in NYC," 13 July 2018 Grosvenor diversified into other types of investment, including merger arbitrage and distressed credit. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Richard Elden Used Newspaper Skills to Find Best Bets in Hedge Funds," 13 July 2018 Groups that apply for navigator grants will now be expected to encourage clients to buy those two types of insurance. Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Administration slashes grants to help Americans get Affordable Care Act coverage," 11 July 2018 In addition, the dosage and type of hormones administered were unknown. Avichai Scher /, NBC News, "Study finds health risks for transgender women on hormone therapy," 9 July 2018 But the cost and the type of adventure depends mostly on the preferences of local ambassadors and members. Lizzie Stokes, San Antonio Express-News, "New San Antonio group leads members on women-only adventures," 9 July 2018 This figure shows that the timing and types of litmus tests from 1928 to 2016. Charles Cameron, Vox, "The litmus test for a Supreme Court nominee," 5 July 2018 Since 2005 agriculture has shed 35m of its 250m workers, as tractors and other types of mechanisation reduced the workforce required. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Users can search or scroll through lists of others who are on the service, but typing one wrong letter can pull up the wrong person with a similar handle or name. Telis Demos, WSJ, "You Accidentally Sent $149 to a Stranger on Venmo? Good Luck Getting It Back," 12 July 2018 His main hobby was using his BlackBerry to take photos of strangers and carefully typing out accompanying captions, then posting them to his blog. Jen Gann, The Cut, "Watching My Husband Become a Weird Dad," 14 June 2018 Even the artist's stage visuals were a nod to youth: While one fun visual mimicked the screen for 2000s video game Dance Dance Revolution, others portrayed iMessage screens with fictional users typing, then quickly deleting, confessional messages. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Khalid Shouts-Out 2018 Graduates With Youthful Governors Ball Set," 3 June 2018 To enter, type the recipe into the form, as directed, and supply all other required information, including a short introduction of yourself and the dish. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "How to win pounds of free shrimp? Enter our contest by May 28," 22 May 2018 Getty Images Her Maison Margiela three-piece silver embellished separates, complete with a pope headpiece, definitely had heads turning (and fingers typing). Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "The Best Twitter Reactions to Rihanna's 2018 Met Gala Dress," 7 May 2018 The friendly lady typed on her phone, presumably texting her friend. Alice Driver, Longreads, "The Road to Asylum," 30 June 2018 Four days later, my mailbox held a thin cardboard flat-rate package with nothing inside but a startlingly realistic check with my name typed on the payee line. Matthew Kauffman, courant.com, "I Trolled An Internet Scammer For Two Weeks. Here's What I Learned.," 29 Mar. 2018 Substituting the entire lower half of a MacBook with a screen would offer greater versatility and function but mean typing on a tablet, something that is already provoking divided reactions. Anthony Cuthbertson, Newsweek, "Is Apple Planning to Ditch the Keyboard? New Patent Hints at Dual-Screen MacBook," 6 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'type.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of type


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a


1596, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

History and Etymology for type


Middle English, from Late Latin typus, from Latin & Greek; Latin typus image, from Greek typos blow, impression, model, from typtein to strike, beat; akin to Sanskrit tupati he injures and probably to Latin stupēre to be benumbed

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English Language Learners Definition of type

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a particular kind or group of things or people

: a particular kind of person

: printed letters



English Language Learners Definition of type (Entry 2 of 2)

: to write with a computer keyboard or typewriter

: to find out what group something is in


\ˈtīp \

Kids Definition of type

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a particular kind or group of things or people : variety a seedless type of orange He likes all types of books.

2 : a set of letters or figures that are used for printing or the letters or figures printed by them

3 : the special qualities or characteristics by which members of a group are set apart from other groups plants grouped by type


typed; typing

Kids Definition of type (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to write with a keyboard (as on computer or typewriter)

2 : to identify as belonging to a certain group


\ˈtīp \

Medical Definition of type 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a lower taxonomic category selected as a standard of reference for a higher category also : a specimen or series of specimens on which a taxonomic species or subspecies is actually based

2 : the morphological, physiological, or ecological characters by which relationship between organisms may be recognized

3 : a particular kind, class, or group cell types specifically : a group distinguishable on physiological or serological bases salmonella types

typed; typing

Medical Definition of type (Entry 2 of 2)

: to determine the type of (as a sample of blood or a culture of bacteria)

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