V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a typical or perfect example of something; 2. original model from which later things evolved

Synonyms: original, prototype, ideal, example, model, paragon, pattern

Antonyms: copy

Tips: Archetype is derived from the Greek arkhetupon, which means “first molded as a model.” In the arts, archetype can refer to a recurring symbol. The adjective archetypal is used to describe an original model.

Usage Examples:

Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" is an archetypal horror film. (original, model) adjective

The high-tech school was to be the archetype on which all future schools would be built. (prototype, model)

In the day of classic films, Cary Grant was the archetype of a male romantic lead. (ideal, perfect example)

The model made by the engineer served as an archetype for the final building. (model, pattern, prototype)

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