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Meaning of stereotype

ster•e•o•type

Pronunciation: (ster'ē-u-tīp", stēr'-), [key]
— n., v., -typed, -typ•ing.
—n.
  1. a process, now often replaced by more advanced methods, for making metal printing plates by taking a mold of composed type or the like in papier-mâché or other material and then taking from this mold a cast in type metal.
  2. a plate made by this process.
  3. a set form; convention.
  4. a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group: The cowboy and Indian are American stereotypes.
—v.t.
  1. to make a stereotype of.
  2. to characterize or regard as a stereotype: The actor has been stereotyped as a villain.
  3. to give a fixed form to.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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