ty·​pol·​o·​gy | \ tī-ˈpä-lə-jē How to pronounce typology (audio) \
plural typologies

Definition of typology

1 : study of or analysis or classification based on types or categories
2 : a doctrine of theological types especially : one holding that things in Christian belief are prefigured or symbolized by things in the Old Testament

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typologist \ tī-​ˈpä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce typologist (audio) \ noun

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This is how the adventure began, looking for what would be the ideal typology for a spacious food hall in Manhattan. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A Mecca of Spanish Design and Food Opens in New York," 3 Apr. 2019 Last fall, the Pew Research Center released one of its periodic typologies of the American electorate, identifying the demographic and ideological fissures both within and between the two parties. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Anti-Trump Right Has Become Trump’s Base," 3 July 2018 Each averages more than a million views plus a slew of comments, which the researchers coded into various categories based on an existing typology of attitudes towards animals. Jessica Leigh Hester, WIRED, "What Ecologists Can Learn From Memes," 7 May 2018 The name comes from a leak typology drawn up decades ago by the former White House staffer and veteran Washington think tank presence and commentator Stephen Hess. Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, "To understand Trump-team leaks, look at the leakers’ motives," 2 May 2018 While the typologies and clients may change, Yazdani Studio always seems to pivot back to culture, creating spaces that can shape interactions. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Yazdani Studio creates buildings that shape culture," 11 Apr. 2018 To say this all neat typology strains credulity is to miss the point and be miserable. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Jimmy Buffett's 'Escape to Margaritaville' feels out place on Broadway — where sand and Parrotheads can be hard to find," 16 Mar. 2018 Their typology keeps intruding: If only the set-up could somehow be more organic, more true, and if only the heart could be more engaged. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 'A Taste of Things to Come' needs more zest," 27 Mar. 2018 As population density increases, the predominant typologies that define urban spaces are towers. Fortune Staff, Fortune, "'It’s a Celebration of Life.' Ole Scheeren on How Architecture Shapes the World," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of typology

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of typology

formal : a system used for putting things into groups according to how they are similar : the study of how things can be divided into different types


ty·​pol·​o·​gy | \ tī-ˈpäl-ə-jē How to pronounce typology (audio) \
plural typologies

Medical Definition of typology

: study of or study based on types especially : classification (as of personality, human physique, or bacterial strains) based on the comparative study of types

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typological \ ˌtī-​pə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce typological (audio) \ adjective

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to form ideas or theories about something

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