ty·​pol·​o·​gy tī-ˈpä-lə-jē How to pronounce typology (audio)
plural typologies
: study of or analysis or classification based on types or categories
: a doctrine of theological types
especially : one holding that things in Christian belief are prefigured or symbolized by things in the Old Testament
typologist noun

Examples of typology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lodged in the heart of leafy, low-key Coconut Grove, the palatial hotel first opened its doors in 1985, and with its yawning indoor atrium, was then a distinguished example of that era’s typology. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 July 2023 Milne’s chapter on Wolfowitz illustrates how these typologies transcend ideological lines. Cameron Munter, Foreign Affairs, 15 Feb. 2016 The American Communities Project, which groups U.S. counties into typologies based on a variety of data, characterizes (or classifies) Schoolcraft as a Graying Community. Jack Armstrong, Wajeeha Kamal, Maya Moore and Shealyn Paulis, Detroit Free Press, 26 Mar. 2024 The water consumption is reduced by a target of 50% relative to a benchmark building of the same typology and use. Chris Gallagher, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for typology 

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of typology was in 1845

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“Typology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typology. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


ty·​pol·​o·​gy tī-ˈpäl-ə-jē How to pronounce typology (audio)
plural typologies
: study of or study based on types
especially : classification (as of personality, human physique, or bacterial strains) based on the comparative study of types
typological adjective

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