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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-/
Translations of “archetype”
in Vietnamese nguyên mẫu…
in Spanish Arquetipo…
in Thai ต้นแบบ, แม่แบบ…
in Malaysian contoh tipikal…
in Chinese (Traditional) 原型, 典型…
in Indonesian contoh sempurna…
in Chinese (Simplified) 原型, 典型…
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