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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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 Representing an emerging hybrid building typology, this project couples a 16,000-square-foot library with 44 units of affordable apartments for seniors above. Brenda Richardson, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Its typology of serious risk-events, for instance, stitches together three categories developed by others: gray rhinos (Michele Wucker), black swans (Nassim Taleb), and dragon kings (Didier Sornette). Ian Beacock, The New Republic, 7 June 2021 This was timely since Innes and his design team had long wanted to re-imagine the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail typology, a legacy that saw coachbuilders graft the hull forms of sailing boats onto the rolling chassis of the car. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Researchers used techniques including radiocarbon dating, stratigraphy and ceramic typology to determine that people buried him in around 726 A.D., the same year workers built the hieroglyphic staircase, notes Notimerica. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Mar. 2021 The term was coined a decade ago by user experience designer Harry Brignull, who created a typology of dark patterns, many of which prey upon humanity’s psychological weaknesses. Louise Matsakis, Wired, 6 Aug. 2020 Small restaurants will likely move from the boy in the bubble idea to a shifted typology of curated market and takeaway. Sunset Magazine, 6 Aug. 2020 In Melancholia, the sisters’ typologies change at surface level. Mallika Rao, The Atlantic, 9 May 2020 At the heart of the book is FitzGerald’s compelling typology of offshore border strategies in use today. Paul A. Kramer, The New Republic, 8 Aug. 2019

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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 28 Sep. 2021.

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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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