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archetype

noun [C] uk   /ˈɑː.kɪ.taɪp/ us    /ˈɑːr-/
a typical example of something, or the original model of something from which others are copied: The United States is the archetype of a federal society.
archetypal
adjective uk   /ˌɑː.kɪˈtaɪ.pəl/ /ˈɑː.kɪˌ-/ us    /ˌɑːr-/ (also archetypical)
an archetypal English gentleman
archetypically
adverb uk   /ˌɑː.kɪˈtɪp.ɪ.kəl.i/ us    /ˌɑːr-/
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