archetype Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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archetypenoun [C]

uk   /ˈɑː.kɪ.taɪp/  us   /ˈɑːr-/
a ​typicalexample of something, or the ​originalmodel of something from which ​others are ​copied: The United States is the archetype of a ​federalsociety.
adjective uk   /ˌɑː.kɪˈtaɪ.pəl/ /ˈɑː.kɪˌ-/  us   /ˌɑːr-/ (also archetypical )
an archetypal ​Englishgentleman
adverb uk   /ˌɑː.kɪˈtɪp.ɪ.kəl.i/  us   /ˌɑːr-/
(Definition of archetype from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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archetypenoun [C]

literature the ​originalmodel or a ​perfectexample of something
adjective [not gradable]  /ˌɑr·kɪˈtɑɪ·pəl/
(Definition of archetype from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “archetype”
in Spanish Arquetipo…
in Vietnamese nguyên mẫu…
in Malaysian contoh tipikal…
in Thai ต้นแบบ, แม่แบบ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 原型, 典型…
in Indonesian contoh sempurna…
in Chinese (Traditional) 原型, 典型…
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