Definition of "stereotype" []

  • A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image. (noun)
  • One that is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type. (noun)
  • Printing A metal printing plate cast from a matrix molded from a raised printing surface, such as type. (noun)
  • To make a stereotype of. (verb-transitive)
  • To characterize by a stereotype: "Elderly Americans are the neglected sector of the fashion industry, stereotyped by blue hair and polyester pantsuits” ( American Demographics). (verb-transitive)
  • A method of producing cast-metal printing plates from a mould made from a forme of type matter in papier-mâché or some other material (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The plate so made (noun)
  • An idea, trait, convention, etc, that has grown stale through fixed usage (noun)
  • A set of inaccurate, simplistic generalizations about a group that allows others to categorize them and treat them accordingly (noun)
  • To make a stereotype of (verb)
  • To print from a stereotype (verb)
  • To impart a fixed usage or convention to (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "stereotype" in a sentence
  • "As we saw in chapter 4, the term stereotype threat has been coined to describe this phenomenon."
  • "In contrast, for female students with the ability to succeed and an interest in rising to the top, highlighting expectations of poor performance are quite threatening—hence the name stereotype threat.21"
  • "From that point of view, the stereotype is actually a really efficient narrative tool — like the stock characters in medieval or Renaissance plays — especially for short-form visual media."