Definition of stereotype in US 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’
    • ‘His stories have been heralded as great folk storytelling and lambasted as perpetuating racial stereotypes.’
    • ‘There are a lot of misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding feminism and feminists.’
    • ‘They also stressed the need to promote a positive approach to ageing and overcome the negative stereotypes associated with it.’
    • ‘They're employing people and creating commerce, and they're dispelling old stereotypes about gay business owners.’
    • ‘This suggests that negative stereotypes are not widely held or are at least cloaked in external civility.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Editors had a growing body of feminist literature on which to draw, but stereotypes persisted.’
    • ‘Her work examines notions of racial identity and cultural stereotypes.’
    • ‘When racial and sexual stereotypes are mixed in, personal fear becomes public hysteria.’
    • ‘A person in this stage also participates in transforming racial and cultural stereotypes, biases, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors.’
    • ‘Here was a man who fit our stereotypes of the nice American.’
    • ‘Gender stereotypes were challenged in a variety of ways.’
    • ‘It's a stretch, but maybe the editors are showing the interplay between racial and sexual stereotypes.’
    • ‘Americans' attitudes towards the elderly still fit the traditional stereotypes.’
    • ‘Done badly, they can reinforce racial stereotypes and increase the prejudices they were designed to reduce.’
    • ‘Sex workers who appeared as guests on the shows also made statements that defied the usual stereotypes associated with prostitution.’
    • ‘I had found from talking to Lara yesterday that she really didn't fit the regular stereotype of most women.’
    • ‘But the tired old stereotype is now under pressure.’
    • ‘They only serve to reinforce society's stereotypes of who we are.’
    • ‘I think it transcends the ideas, stereotypes and societal expectations of what it means to be a man or a woman.’
    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 stereotypical image.
      ‘don't treat anyone as a stereotype’
      • ‘The script also lays out a plethora of supermodel stereotypes for quick laughs.’
      • ‘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 cast themselves are a delicious collection of familiar stereotypes.’
      • ‘In fact, the film begs for a cheesy poster, setting out its cast of two-dimensional stereotypes.’
      • ‘But the characters are mostly one-dimensional stereotypes with little engaging depth.’
      • ‘The lantern-jawed hero comes standard-issue, as do the lazy ethnic stereotypes in the supporting cast.’
      • ‘The two leads are better than required, and the rest of the cast are perfect stereotypes.’
      • ‘"Yet I'm not a stereotype of a Muslim woman," she says.’
  • 2A relief printing plate cast in a mold 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’
    • ‘Isn't this a rather stereotyped view of the environment, Mr. President?’
    • ‘And too many men have been unfairly stereotyped and falsely accused.’
    • ‘Forget tension and suspense, stereotype the characters and make them behave obviously to a script we've seen many times before.’
    • ‘Even the four American characters are hugely stereotyped and stolen from all of the other teen movies.’
    • ‘The film limits its potential for critical analysis in this way, but it does so without reinforcing unequal power structures or stereotyping its characters.’
    • ‘The homeless are often stereotyped as being tramps or junkies who litter shop doorways.’
    • ‘Some of those beliefs stereotype gay men as sexual predators and long-term relationship failures.’
    • ‘The more stereotyped British character was showcased later on in the show.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In political science, Italy is often stereotyped as a nation of widespread corruption.’
    • ‘Leaving aside the gender stereotyping, isn't this more than a bit ridiculous?’
    • ‘Do you feel you have been unfairly stereotyped by the press?’
    • ‘In addition, we hypothesized that gender differences would be consistent with gender stereotyping.’
    • ‘He would appear in about 30 movies through the late 1950s, always playing the same forgettable, stereotyped character.’
    • ‘The nine issues raised here point to the fact that overly simplified and stereotyped views of Africa still prevail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I just thought they were ordinary people who were easily stereotyped as lovers of musical theater.’
    • ‘I had a very stereotyped view of others as seen on television and in books.’
    • ‘Your writing was repetitive and clumsy and bigoted, your villains were stereotyped, your characters all wooden, but so what?’
    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

/ˈstɛriəˌtaɪp//ˈsterēəˌtīp/