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

Long mistaken for fungi, they are now classed as a type of amoeba. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 July 2018 Currently, the Civilian Review Board can only review certain types of complaints, which are categorized and provided by the police department. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Panel reviewing police civilian oversight calls for more powerful 'independent police accountability agency'," 13 July 2018 My favorite camera remains my Polaroid 600SE, which shoots pack film, a wonderful type of instant film that’s 70 years old. Matthew Kitchen And, WSJ, "3 Dumb Devices We’re Not Ready to Give Up," 13 July 2018 The ratings incorporate several factors, including the traffic volume of the road, speed limit, width and number of lanes, turn lanes, curbs, rough railroad crossings, type of bike lane and more. David Schutz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Which Broward County roads are safe for bicyclists? Search our map," 13 July 2018 Another curious find from the recent study was traces of bracken, a type of fern, in Ötzi’s stomach. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Before He Died, Ötzi the Iceman Ate a Greasy, Fatty Meal," 13 July 2018 To give this van its lurid lemon lumps, Wurm packed different types of styrofoam and putty on top of an ordinary VW T2, and sprayed it with a glossy coat of car paint. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "We have some questions about this blobby yellow bus that dispenses free hot dogs," 11 July 2018 Lip fillers are described as a type of lip augmentation via injection around your mouth to improve the shape, volume, and structure of your lips, according to Wed MD. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "Getting Lip Fillers Removed: What You Need to Know," 11 July 2018 There is also the risk, however rare, of Acanthamoeba Keratitis (or AK), a type of eye infection caused by a microorganism found in some tap water and swimming pools. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Are My Contacts Going to Make Me Go Blind?," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Fruitfly also alerted Durachinsky if an infected computer's owner typed words associated with pornography. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "North Royalton hacker stole potentially embarrassing information from computers, feds say," 10 Jan. 2018 The clickity-clack of typing quickly on a keyboard. 20. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "21 Most Epically Satisfying Sounds In The Entire World," 29 Apr. 2015 Advice for young women centered on how to be a good wife or mother, how to keep a house, how to type, how not to annoy your husband. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "The triumph of gender-neutral ‘adulting’," 7 July 2018 My mother was taught to type, to learn shorthand and to wear clothes that pleased her male bosses. Deborah Levy, The Cut, "The Cost of Living," 1 July 2018 The ensemble is solid—everyone has been cast to type, and nobody is being asked to stretch themselves—though they’re given no chance to rise above the inherently ludicrous material. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Tag, You’re Not It," 14 June 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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