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Feb 28, 2013
This week's theme
Words made with combining forms

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logophile
homologous
hagiarchy
archetype
dactylography

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with Anu Garg

archetype

PRONUNCIATION:
(AHR-ki-typ)

MEANING:
noun:
1. The original pattern or model of something; prototype.
2. An ideal or typical example of something.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek arche- (first, original) + -type (model, mold). Earliest documented use: 1605.

USAGE:
"Madonna has been the icon and archetype to the current crop of pop princesses."
Scott Mervis; For the Record: Madonna and Lionel Ritchie; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Mar 29, 2012.

See more usage examples of archetype in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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