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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)

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.

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."