adjective typ·i·cal \ ˈti-pi-kəl \
Updated on: 20 Feb 2018

Definition of typical

1 a : combining or exhibiting the essential characteristics of a group
  • typical suburban houses
b : conforming to a type
  • a specimen typical of the species
2 : constituting or having the nature of a type : symbolic


play \ˌti-pə-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun


play \ˈti-pi-kəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of typical in a Sentence

  1. It was his typical response.

  2. It was a typical Saturday night for us.

  3. We wanted him to have the typical college experience of living on campus.

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Origin and Etymology of typical

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

Synonym Discussion of typical

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

TYPICAL Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of typical for English Language Learners

  • : normal for a person, thing, or group : average or usual

  • : happening in the usual way

TYPICAL Defined for Kids


adjective typ·i·cal \ ˈti-pi-kəl \

Definition of typical for Students

: combining or showing the special characteristics of a group or kind
  • a typical Sunday dinner



Medical Dictionary


adjective typ·i·cal \ ˈtip-i-kəl \

medical Definition of typical

: conforming to a type
  • a typical specimen
  • typical symptoms of a disease

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