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

Examples of typical in a Sentence

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 The monthly mortgage payment on the typical $400,000 U.S. home is about $2,647 with the current 6.85% mortgage rate, according to Redfin. Ana Teresa Solá, CNBC, 15 July 2024 There's a piece down my neck, which is really tight and forces me to move as one unit rather than being able to move my head independently, which is typical of somebody with facial burns and neck burns, where the skin is so tight. EW.com, 15 July 2024 The 18,000-acre Dolly Sods Wilderness, 17 miles northeast of Canaan Valley, protects a high-elevation plateau with rocky outcroppings, remote creeks, and flora such as red spruce and heath barrens—plant life more typical of southern Canada than southern Appalachia. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 14 July 2024 The property also houses a private chapel with a polygonal plan, which, according to Sotheby’s International, is typical of the prestigious residences of the time and an example of 17th-century religious architecture. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 13 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for typical 

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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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“Typical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typical. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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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