Definition of "typical" []

  • Exhibiting the qualities, traits, or characteristics that identify a kind, class, group, or category: a typical suburban community. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to a representative specimen; characteristic or distinctive. (adjective)
  • Conforming to a type: a composition typical of the baroque period. (adjective)
  • Of the nature of, constituting, or serving as a type; emblematic. (adjective)
  • Being or serving as a representative example of a particular type; characteristic (adjective)

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.

  • Considered to be an example of some undesirable trait (adjective)
  • Of or relating to a representative specimen or type (adjective)
  • Conforming to a type (adjective)
  • Having most of the characteristics of a particular taxonomic group (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "typical" in a sentence
  • "Standard herb guides tend to be quite detailed and eclectic, because they are geared to people who have the time and space to grow, dry, and prepare their own remedies, and are able to decode the jargon typical of old-fashioned herbals."
  • "He was born in 1926 into what he called a "typical Midwestern, Methodist home with a lot of repression.""
  • "“She is what you call a typical teenager,” says Grandma Nader."