from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; a prototype: "'Frankenstein' . . . 'Dracula' . . . 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' . . . the archetypes that have influenced all subsequent horror stories” ( New York Times).
- n. An ideal example of a type; quintessence: an archetype of the successful entrepreneur.
- n. In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic imagery derived from the past collective experience and present in the individual unconscious.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An original model of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are merely derivative, copied, patterned, or emulated; a prototype
- n. A character, story, or object that is based on a known character, story, or object.
- n. An ideal example of something; a quintessence.
- n. According to the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, a universal pattern of thought, present in an individual's unconscious, inherited from the past collective experience of humanity.
- v. To depict as, model using or otherwise associate a subject or object with an archetype.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The original pattern or model of a work; or the model from which a thing is made or formed.
- n. The standard weight or coin by which others are adjusted.
- n. The plan or fundamental structure on which a natural group of animals or plants or their systems of organs are assumed to have been constructed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A model or first form; the original pattern or model after which a thing is made; especially, a Platonic idea, or immaterial preëxisting exemplar of a natural form.
- n. In coining, the standard weight by which others are adjusted: now called the prototype.
- n. In comparative anatomy, a primitive generalized plan of structure assumed to have been subsequently modified or lost by differentiation and specialization: as, the vertebrate archetype.
- n. The original form from which a class of related forms in plants or animals may be supposed to have descended.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies
Latin archetypum, from Greek arkhetupon, from neuter of arkhetupos, original : arkhe-, arkhi-, archi- + tupos, model, stamp.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French architipe (French archétype), from Latin archetypum, from Ancient Greek ἀρχέτυπον (arkhetupon, "pattern, model") neuter of ἀρχέτυπος (arkhetupos, "first-moulded"), from ἀρχή (arkhē, "first, origin ") + τύπος (typos, "sort, type, press"). (Wiktionary)