WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ar•che•typ•al /ˈɑrkɪˌtaɪpəl/USA pronunciation  orar•che•typ•i•cal /ˌɑrkɪˈtɪpɪkəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. being an archetype.
ar•che•typ•al•ly, ar•che•typ•i•cal•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ar•che•type /ˈɑrkɪˌtaɪp/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. the original model from which all things of the same kind are copied.
  2. the best or most complete example of something.
See -arch-, -type-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ar•che•type  (ärki tīp′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form;
    prototype.
  2. Psychology(in Jungian psychology) a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches.
  • Greek archétypon a model, pattern (neuter of archétypos of the first mold, equivalent. to arche- arche- + týp(os) mold, type + -os adjective, adjectival suffix)
  • Latin archetypum an original
  • 1595–1605
ar•che•typ•al  (ärki tī′pəl),USA pronunciation  ar•che•typ•i•cal  (är′ki tipi kəl),USA pronunciation  ar′che•typic, adj.  ar′che•typal•ly, ar′che•typi•cal•ly, adv. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

ˌarcheˈtypal /ˌɑːkɪˈtaɪpəl/ adj
  1. perfect or typical as a specimen of something
  2. being an original model or pattern or a prototype
  3. of or relating to Jungian archetypes
  4. constantly recurring as a symbol or motif in literature, painting, etc



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