typ·​i·​cal ˈti-pi-kəl How to pronounce typical (audio)
: combining or exhibiting the essential characteristics of a group
typical suburban houses
: conforming to a type
a specimen typical of the species
: constituting or having the nature of a type : symbolic
typicality noun
typicalness noun
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regular, normal, typical, natural mean being of the sort or kind that is expected as usual, ordinary, or average.

regular stresses conformity to a rule, standard, or pattern.

the club's regular monthly meeting

normal implies lack of deviation from what has been discovered or established as the most usual or expected.

normal behavior for a two-year-old

typical implies showing all important traits of a type, class, or group and may suggest lack of strong individuality.

a typical small town

natural applies to what conforms to a thing's essential nature, function, or mode of being.

the natural love of a mother for her child

Example Sentences

It was his typical response. It was a typical Saturday night for us. We wanted him to have the typical college experience of living on campus.
Recent Examples on the Web In Newton, for example, the three tiers range from 10.6 cents to 14.4 cents per kilowatt-hour — or $64 to $86 for the typical home. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Nov. 2022 The weather for Thanksgiving 2022 is going to be pretty typical Cincinnati Thanksgiving weather. The Enquirer, 23 Nov. 2022 The median income now required to buy a typical home is now $88,300, or about $40,000 more than was needed prior to the pandemic, in 2019, NAR said. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 16 Nov. 2022 The monthly mortgage payment on a typical existing single-family home with a 20% down payment was $1,840. Brenda Richardson, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Zillow’s Home Value index placed the typical Milwaukee home at $127,000 in June of 2019. Mike Gousha And John Johnson, Journal Sentinel, 10 Nov. 2022 Yun said that because of strong price growth and rising mortgage rates, the median income needed to buy a typical home rose to $88,300 in the third quarter. Anna Bahney, CNN, 10 Nov. 2022 But this top doesn’t adhere to the typical pattern of a button-up blouse, for its construction is much more relaxed and updated (in true Frankie fashion). Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2022 The typical home bought is a 1,800-square-foot house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms and was built in 1986. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, 3 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Late Latin typicalis, from typicus, from Greek typikos, from typos model — more at type entry 1

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of typical was in 1609

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Cite this Entry

“Typical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typical. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



typ·​i·​cal ˈtip-i-kəl How to pronounce typical (audio)
: combining or showing the special characteristics of a group or kind
a typical school lunch

Medical Definition



typ·​i·​cal ˈtip-i-kəl How to pronounce typical (audio)
: conforming to a type
a typical specimen
typical symptoms of a disease

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