Meaning of “stereotype” in the English Dictionary

"stereotype" in British English

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stereotypenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈster.i.ə.taɪp/ 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 /ˈster.i.ə.taɪp/ 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 particular type 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 particularly easy targets.
stereotype
verb [ T ] us /ˈster·i·əˌtɑɪp/

disapproving

That unfortunate statement 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)