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

Other Words from typology

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

Examples of typology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just like the Turkish Twitch streamers, this is a money-laundering typology that generally entails young people being duped into receiving and transferring funds for criminal networks in exchange for a cut of the proceeds. Timothy Lloyd, The New Republic, 29 Nov. 2021 The Pew Research Center’s recent political typology study found that belief to be one of the core views that unites all Democratic factions and clearly separates them from Republicans. Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 The typology study was mostly based on a Pew American Trends Panel survey of 10,221 adults from July 8-18. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 9 Nov. 2021 The 20th-century typology created by Jan Petersen, who lends the Type D Pedersen sword its name, is based on just one section of the weapon: the hilt. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Dec. 2021 By the way, there’s a long connection between the Los Angeles Times and the political typology project. Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Pew released its latest typology on Tuesday, the eighth in the series. Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 In the typology of the American Communities Project, liberal, younger cities, and closer-in suburbs tend to have vaccination rates of 60 percent; conservative and whiter evangelical hubs and working-class country areas are more like 35 percent. Adam Rogers, Wired, 8 Oct. 2021 Last week the Pew Research Center released its latest typology of U.S. political views — nine groups of voters that show at least some of the more refined shades of red, blue and purple in the political environment. NBC News, 14 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of typology

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Typology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typology. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of typology

: 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

Other Words from typology

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

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