Definition of stereotype in English:

stereotype

noun

  • 1A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.

    ‘the stereotype of the woman as the carer’
    ‘sexual and racial stereotypes’
    • ‘They only serve to reinforce society's stereotypes of who we are.’
    • ‘Gender stereotypes were challenged in a variety of ways.’
    • ‘They also stressed the need to promote a positive approach to ageing and overcome the negative stereotypes associated with it.’
    • ‘Sex workers who appeared as guests on the shows also made statements that defied the usual stereotypes associated with prostitution.’
    • ‘Done badly, they can reinforce racial stereotypes and increase the prejudices they were designed to reduce.’
    • ‘Because of this, it is crucial that research continues in this area so that racial myths, stereotypes and prejudice within New Zealand can be exposed and understood.’
    • ‘They're employing people and creating commerce, and they're dispelling old stereotypes about gay business owners.’
    • ‘A person in this stage also participates in transforming racial and cultural stereotypes, biases, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors.’
    • ‘His stories have been heralded as great folk storytelling and lambasted as perpetuating racial stereotypes.’
    • ‘I think it transcends the ideas, stereotypes and societal expectations of what it means to be a man or a woman.’
    • ‘But the tired old stereotype is now under pressure.’
    • ‘Here was a man who fit our stereotypes of the nice American.’
    • ‘It's a stretch, but maybe the editors are showing the interplay between racial and sexual stereotypes.’
    • ‘There are a lot of misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding feminism and feminists.’
    • ‘Editors had a growing body of feminist literature on which to draw, but stereotypes persisted.’
    • ‘This suggests that negative stereotypes are not widely held or are at least cloaked in external civility.’
    • ‘I had found from talking to Lara yesterday that she really didn't fit the regular stereotype of most women.’
    • ‘Her work examines notions of racial identity and cultural stereotypes.’
    • ‘Americans' attitudes towards the elderly still fit the traditional stereotypes.’
    • ‘When racial and sexual stereotypes are mixed in, personal fear becomes public hysteria.’
    conventional image, standard image, received idea, cliché, hackneyed idea, formula
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    1. 1.1 A person or thing that conforms to a widely held but oversimplified image of the class or type to which they belong.
      ‘don't treat anyone as a stereotype’
      • ‘The cast themselves are a delicious collection of familiar stereotypes.’
      • ‘The two leads are better than required, and the rest of the cast are perfect stereotypes.’
      • ‘But the characters are mostly one-dimensional stereotypes with little engaging depth.’
      • ‘"Yet I'm not a stereotype of a Muslim woman," she says.’
      • ‘The script also lays out a plethora of supermodel stereotypes for quick laughs.’
      • ‘In fact, the film begs for a cheesy poster, setting out its cast of two-dimensional stereotypes.’
      • ‘This is a dramatist whose art consists of little more than pulling a string of cliches from a cast of stereotypes in an utterly contrived setting.’
      • ‘The lantern-jawed hero comes standard-issue, as do the lazy ethnic stereotypes in the supporting cast.’
  • 2A relief printing plate cast in a mould made from composed type or an original plate.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • View or represent as a stereotype.

    ‘the city is too easily stereotyped as an industrial wasteland’
    • ‘The more stereotyped British character was showcased later on in the show.’
    • ‘Isn't this a rather stereotyped view of the environment, Mr. President?’
    • ‘The film limits its potential for critical analysis in this way, but it does so without reinforcing unequal power structures or stereotyping its characters.’
    • ‘Your writing was repetitive and clumsy and bigoted, your villains were stereotyped, your characters all wooden, but so what?’
    • ‘Even the four American characters are hugely stereotyped and stolen from all of the other teen movies.’
    • ‘Forget tension and suspense, stereotype the characters and make them behave obviously to a script we've seen many times before.’
    • ‘Do you feel you have been unfairly stereotyped by the press?’
    • ‘The nine issues raised here point to the fact that overly simplified and stereotyped views of Africa still prevail.’
    • ‘In political science, Italy is often stereotyped as a nation of widespread corruption.’
    • ‘In addition, we hypothesized that gender differences would be consistent with gender stereotyping.’
    • ‘People just do not understand the issues, or have stereotyped views of how a lesbian or gay man behaves and use it as a basis to criticise their lifestyle.’
    • ‘Some of those beliefs stereotype gay men as sexual predators and long-term relationship failures.’
    • ‘Leaving aside the gender stereotyping, isn't this more than a bit ridiculous?’
    • ‘He would appear in about 30 movies through the late 1950s, always playing the same forgettable, stereotyped character.’
    • ‘The homeless are often stereotyped as being tramps or junkies who litter shop doorways.’
    • ‘I had a very stereotyped view of others as seen on television and in books.’
    • ‘I just thought they were ordinary people who were easily stereotyped as lovers of musical theater.’
    • ‘Carl and I talked for at least an hour about his new show and how his character was stereotyped as a rather boring nerd accountant.’
    • ‘And too many men have been unfairly stereotyped and falsely accused.’
    • ‘This is because those who write them may, often inadvertently, include material that has the unintended effect of reinforcing stereotyped views of offenders and their families.’
    typecast, pigeonhole, conventionalize, standardize, categorize, compartmentalize, label, tag
    stock, conventional, stereotypical, conventionalized, standardized, standard, formulaic, predictable
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Origin

Late 18th century: from French stéréotype (adjective).

Pronunciation

stereotype

/ˈstɛrɪə(ʊ)tʌɪp//ˈstɪərɪə(ʊ)tʌɪp/