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stereotypenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈster.i.ə.taɪp/ disapproving
C1 a set ​idea that ​people have about what someone or something is like, ​especially an ​idea that is ​wrong: racial/​sexual stereotypes He doesn't conform to/​fit/​fill the ​national stereotype of a ​Frenchman. The ​characters in the ​book are just stereotypes.

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stereotypeverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈster.i.ə.taɪp/ disapproving
(Definition of stereotype from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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stereotypenoun [C]

 us   /ˈster·i·əˌtɑɪp/ disapproving
an ​idea that is used to ​describe a ​particulartype of ​person or thing, or a ​person or thing ​thought to ​represent such an ​idea: All ​jobs can be made to ​fit stereotypes, but ​accountants are ​particularlyeasytargets.
stereotype
verb [T]  us   /ˈster·i·əˌtɑɪp/
disapproving That ​unfortunatestatement stereotypes all men as ​wimps.
stereotypical
adjective  us   /ˌster·i·əˈtɪp·ɪ·kəl/
disapproving I’m not ​your stereotypical Texan.
(Definition of stereotype from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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